China Hong KongAn ongoing three-year government initiative to improve toilets at tourism attractions has added over 20,000 toilets this year alone

Inside China’s ‘toilet revolution’ to better tourism

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Toilets are a decidedly unglamorous but crucial aspect of tourist destinations and China has been determined to improve its toilets in order to attract tourists.
Toilets are a decidedly unglamorous but crucial aspect of tourist destinations and China has been determined to improve its toilets in order to attract tourists. Photo Credit: Getty Images

CHINA – China has built 22,300 new toilets this year as part of an ongoing “toilet revolution” in the tourism sector, senior officials from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said at a news conference on Tuesday (Dec 24).

The move to improve toilet facilities in the country is part of a three-year action plan by the former China Tourism Administration that outlined the construction of 47,000 new tourism toilets and the renovation of 17,000 toilets between 2018 and 2020. 

Nearly 100,000 toilets at tourism attractions had been built or renovated by the end of 2018, with new technologies such as water-saving and deodorisation introduced, making these toilets more user and environmentally friendly, according to the ministry.

According to the ministry, the new toilets added this year have surpassed its 2019 target by 17%. 

The ministry is also making efforts to help travellers find the locations of toilets on electronic maps.

Some 98,000 toilets nationwide can now be located on e-maps like Baidu Map, said the ministry’s director Li Hong. They account for 82% of the country’s total number of toilets. 

Tourists will also be able to access other information such as toilet facilities and appearance through e-maps.

"Cleanliness and convenience are key elements for tourism toilets," he said, adding that mobile toilets should be promoted at attractions to relieve pressure during travel rushes.

The ministry is also looking to amend classification standards of toilets in order to improve the quality of tourism services across China.

Think innovative and eco-friendly toilets at tourist locations such as Yashan Mountain in Jiangxi Province. 

Its nine tourism toilets were designed with different themes like bars and buses with materials from recycled waste. 

Han Lei, director of Dayu Zhangyuan's marketing department, said the toilets also include numerous services like machines and lounges.


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