A glimpse of innovative designs that are paving way for China's ‘toilet revolution’

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/3 17:50:54

A different kind of "revolution" is taking place in China as the country aspires to clean up rural areas' notoriously dirty public bathrooms and provide world-class sanitary services for domestic and international travelers.

In a recent speech on China's tourism sector, Chinese President Xi Jinping called upon related organizations to continue to upgrade public toilets across the nation as part of its "toilet revolution," which is aimed at improving domestic tourism and people's quality of life.

Emphasizing the important role clean toilet facilities play in developing urban and rural areas, Xi said that more effort should be dedicated to their construction, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Every year Chinese make over 4.4 billion trips domestically, and these travelers are joined by more than 130 million foreign tourists, Xinhua reported.

During many of his visits to rural areas in China, Xi has asked residents about the quality of their local public toilets,  stressing many times that clean toilets are an important part of building a "new countryside." 

Sanitation has long been a challenging issue in China. In some rural areas, public toilets are sometimes little more than makeshift shelters in cornfields or open pits next to pigsties.

Upgrading toilets in China involves more than just eye-catching designs, the latest cutting-edge technology also has a role to play.

The public toilet at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing has a toilet-paper dispenser that makes use of facial recognition to prevent waste and theft of toilet paper. After scanning a user's face, the device dispenses a set amount of toilet paper, then implements a nine-minute cooldown before it will provide more paper to that user. 

China's "toilet revolution" kicked off across the country in 2015. By the end of October of this year, China had installed or upgraded 68,000 toilets at tourist destinations, 19.3 percent more than originally planned.

A woman walks past a public toilet resembling the US Capitol in Fuyang, Anhui Province. Photo: IC

A public toilet in Tongchuan, Shaanxi Province, designed like a Chinese palace. Photo: VCG

Passersby look at a camera-shaped public toilet in Chongqing. Photo: VCG

A public toilet named Fifth Space in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province Photo: IC

A car-themed toilet in Changchun, Jilin Province Photo: IC

Aerial view of a four-star public toilet resembling a ladybug in a rural tourism spot in Xiangyang, Hubei Province Photo: IC

A painted Sphinx toilet at a tourism spot in Chongqing Photo: IC

A man scans a code to get toilet paper in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. Photo: VCG


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