Liquor maker re­designs pub­lic toi­let to look like White House

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHU LIXIN in He­fei zhulixin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

An eye-catch­ing govern­ment build­ing with a large dome in Fuyang, An­hui prov­ince, re­sem­bles the US Capi­tol in Wash­ing­ton.

But it’s a smaller build­ing in the city, one that mim­ics the White House, that has been re­cently draw­ing at­ten­tion on­line lately, both for its ap­pear­ance and its pre­sum­ably lux­u­ri­ous fur­nish­ings.

The smaller build­ing bears a strik­ing re­sem­blance to the of­fi­cial res­i­dence of pres­i­dents of the United States. But this one is not for govern­ment use. It serves as a pub­lic toi­let at a lo­cal liquor man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany. The toi­let, de­signed with a dome

the real White House doesn’t have one by a lo­cal com­pany, be­longs to An­hui Golden Seed Win­ery Co, a pub­licly traded liquor man­u­fac­turer. Com­pleted in 2012 af­ter months of con­struc­tion at a cost of 900,000 yuan ($144,090), the toi­let cov­ers 418 square me­ters.

“We orig­i­nally had a toi­let built about 1994. But it failed to meet the daily needs of our in­creas­ing work­force and vis­it­ing cus­tomers,” an ex­ec­u­tive, sur­named Zhang, said on Thurs­day. The fac­tory em­ploys about 4,000 staff and re­ceived about 100,000 vis­it­ing cus­tomers in 2013, Zhang said.

“We wanted to make the build­ing a lit­tle spe­cial in ap­pear­ance, but more im­por­tant, we em­pha­size its func­tion as a toi­let, so the in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion is not so lux­u­ri­ous as some people imag­ine.”

Golden Seed Win­ery is a liquor brand in China that is pop­u­lar with the work­ing class and in ru­ral ar­eas.

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IIn Fuyang, a toi­let rre­sem­bles the United States White House (left) while a govern­ment build­ing looks very sim­i­lar to the US Capi­tol (above).

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