BEIJING – China’s President Xi Jinping called for upgrading public toilets in the country as part of a “toilet revolution” carried out by the authorities to boost domestic tourism and improve citizens’ quality of life, the state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.
Xi joined the Chinese authorities’ campaign seeking, since 2015, to improve public toilets, which have been notorious for their poor hygienic conditions.
The president stressed the importance of building clean public toilets for urban and rural development, since some traditional homes do not have toilets, making public toilets indispensable for the people.
China should also improve the public services and facilities in order to stimulate the domestic tourism industry, said the president.
Free Wi-Fi has been provided in some public toilets in Beijing under this program, and access for the disabled has been improved, while urinals for children have also been installed, something remarkable in a country where it is common for parents to allow children to relieve themselves in the streets.