New draft raises stan­dards for pub­lic re­strooms

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

FENG YONGBIN / CHINA DAILY

A child cries af­ter an in­tra­venous drip is in­serted at Bei­jing Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal on Tues­day. The num­ber of chil­dren get­ting the flu has in­creased rapidly dur­ing the win­ter flu sea­son in the cap­i­tal city. The hos­pi­tal re­ceived more than 10,000 emer­gency vis­its on its first work­ing day af­ter the Spring Fes­ti­val hol­i­day.

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