Beijing’s new generation of high-tech public restrooms officially opened to the public this past Thursday, aiming to revamp the capital’s image for having somewhat grimy public toilets.
With the appearance of a bright convenience store, “5th space” was opened outside government offices in the city’s Fangshan district. The building is complete with Wi-Fi, vending machines, ATMs, flat-screen TV sets, electric-car charging outposts and recycling bins for paper and plastic bottles.
In addition, lounges and shower rooms are also available on-site for workers manning the building.
An official from the Beijing Environmental Sanitation Engineering Group told reporters that the public toilets will become “the fifth space” alongside the family space, work space, leisure space and cyber space.
The new toilets will be rolled out across Beijing in the near future in Fangshan, Tongzhou, Shunyi and Pingu districts. Other Chinese cities in line to receive some much needed high-tech toilets include Guiyang, Haikou, Kunming and Zhangjiakou.
Perhaps this is what Li Jinzao, head of China’s National Tourist Administration, meant when he said that there would be a “toilet revolution” across China, promising that by 2017 all toilets will boast a “three-star rating” and will be “of adequate quality, hygienic, free of charge and effectively managed.”
By Lucy Liu
[Images via The Mirror]