This week in local toilet news: gender-neutral bathrooms opened on Shanghai’s Yan’an Zhong Road on Monday, making this the first time public toilets on the city streets have featured them.
Unisex public toilets have been popping up in various parts of the city, including airports, parks, railway stations and shopping malls, but none have appeared on the city streets until now.
A few more also went into operation on the streets of Jing’an, Xuhui and Jiading districts, NetEase reports. The facilities are modified disabled toilets with some newly built additions.
The bathrooms accommodate parents with children of different sexes and adults caring for seniors or disabled people who are of different sexes, according to the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.
Shanghai is currently helping to trial the concept, and every district and county is expected to have at least one by the end of the year.
“I’ve never heard of such a kind of toilets and it sounds strange, and I’d feel a bit uneasy if I saw a man coming in,” a resident named Michelle Deng told Shanghai Daily on the matter.
“But all in all, it is good to have such toilets for those who need them,” she added.
Luckily for Michelle Deng, there are another 2,608 public toilets to chose from throughout the city. You can find them with this toilet app.
Expect more crucial toilet news in the next few weeks approaching World Toilet Day.
Previously on Shanghaiist: Shanghai celebrates World Toilet Day with plans to create more elderly-friendly public toilets