The shiny shitter is currently on display at the 11th World Toilet Summit and Expo that began yesterday in the Hainan provincial capital of Haikou.
China Daily reports that crap-centric industries and organizations have convened together to “look into ways to improve the world’s toilets and sanitation conditions.”
The 1.28 million RMB ($201,400) golden bowl is merely one of the many “novel sanitary wares” on display at the convention, whose themes this year are ‘Toilet Etiquette’, ‘Quality of Life’, ‘Health’ and ‘Tourism’.
We’ll leave you to decide how this represents the country’s gap between rich and poor.
Meanwhile, why would the World Toilet Organization (headquartered in hygiene-obsessed Singapore) choose Hainan to have their convention?
Since the island is touted as China’s Hawaii, the province takes the business of providing quality toilets for tourists to drop a deuce in pretty seriously:
Jiang Dingzhi, Acting Governor of Hainan province said, as a province committed to building itself into a world-renowned tourist destination, Hainan needs to build more toilets and improve the management of its facilities.
He added that the provincial government has already introduced a series of rules and regulations to improve toilet provisions.
Why is it that China only thinks its toilets aren’t good enough when tourists make a stink about it? Months before the Olympics were to begin, the squat toilets installed in the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing (whose initial design was criticized for resembling a toilet lid) and other Olympic facilities were all removed, with sit-down toilets reinstalled in their stead.
For the record, the world’s most expensive WC is an incredibly gaudy-looking $29 million USD gold bathroom found in Hong Kong. Visitors apparently have to wear plastic covers over their shoes, in order to avoid scratching the 900-gram gold bars embedded in the floor. No word as to whether or not patrons relieving themselves in this luminous lavatory get to wipe themselves with sheets of gold leaf.