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Officials have announced that Shanghai’s Xujiahui shopping district is to be designated a 4A National Tourist Spot. The 2.4 square kilometre area is Shanghai’s “first open metropolitan tourism scenic spot”, according to the Shanghai Daily.
Among the improvements in the tourism infrastructure, public toilets have been upgraded and tourist shuttle buses will be opened to link popular scenic spots in Xujiahui.
A mobile toilet has been added on Huashan Road, while three public toilets in Xujiahui Park, Guangqi Park and at the intersection of Zhaojiabang Road and Tianping Road have been rebuilt to meet the criteria of three-star toilets with regards to hygiene conditions, environment, bilingual signs and equal ratio of cubicles, the Xuhui District Tourist Bureau said.
While there are a number of historical sites in Xujiahui, such as St Ignatius’ Cathedral, the one-time stronghold of Catholicism in East Asia, or the tomb of Xu Guangqi, a Ming-dynasty scholar; the area is mainly known for shopping and entertainment, which we guess could be seen as a refreshingly honest admission of what tourists really want?
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