President Xi Jinping, now a bathroom aficionado after frequent visits to inspect the facilities in rural homes, has announced he’s doubling down on a campaign for a Chinese “toilet revolution” that he launched in 2015.
Toilet issues are crucial to tourism
Some 68,000 toilets have been built in tourist sites around China since the launch of the “toilet revolution” in 2015. But we aren’t sure if this glass-walled public toilet in Shiyan Lake scenic area, Changsha, is very practical.
It says China has opened about 68,000 improved bathrooms in tourist areas around the country since Xi began his campaign.
Good news for places in China that have long had a notorious reputation for appalling standards of public restroom hygiene.
Last year, Yunnan province, which borders Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, held a competition to select the most outstanding toilets in tourist attractions.
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“Toilet issues are not petty matters but an important aspect of satisfying the public’s desire for a decent and healthy life,” Jack Sim, founder of global sanitation campaigner the World Toilet Organization, tells CNN.
Sim, aka “Mr. Toilet,” says a lack of clean facilities could harm China’s tourism industry in the long run.
“China is a beautiful country with rich…