By Michael Evans.
Wuhan city officials have come under fire from netizens after photos were posted online showing an elaborate public toilet built to resemble a castle.
The two-storey toilet in the Hubei capital was claimed to have cost more than 1 million yuan, though an official response from the city’s Chengguan Office put the real figure closer to 800,000 yuan.
City management officials defended the project, saying that it was part of a larger plan to beautify scenic areas throughout Wuhan.
Surprisingly, this incident is not a first for Wuhan.
In 2008, a modernistic, glass-and-steel toilet in one of the city’s public parks allegedly costing 2 million yuan was similarly exposed and criticized as a waste of government funds.