New draft raises standards for public restrooms
Tourists in China are expected to see cleaner public restrooms equipped with Western style toilets, soap, big screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, ATMs and even relaxing sofas.
The China National Tourism Administration released a revised draft on the construction of and sanitary standards for toilets in tourist areas and expects the majority of such facilities to meet the general standard by the end of the year.
Differing from the star-rated evaluation system, the revised draft is more practical and covers more areas outside of scenic spots, including transportation hubs, restaurants, entertainment zones and shopping malls.
Internet technology such as mobile applications will be available to help tourists find nearby toilets.
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