The China National Tourism Administration releasedon Sunday the revised draft on the construction ofand sanitary standards for toilets in tourist areas andexpects the majority of such facilities to meet thegeneral standard by the end of the year.
Differing from the star-rated evaluation system, therevised draft is more practical and covers more areasoutside of scenic spots, including transportationhubs, restaurants, entertainment zones andshopping malls.
In addition to the general requirements required for A-certification, the minimum level,restroom facilities would need to meet broader criteria for the highest rating, AAA, such asproviding toilet facilities that broadcast music as well as additional services such as wheelchairrentals.
Li Shihong, deputy director of the administration, said properly managed restrooms arecrucial to tourism development, especially when many places in China are trying to promotean entire city, rather than just scenic spots, as a tourism attraction.
"We will collect reviews and complaints from tourists, and those toilets that fail to provideproper service will be put on a tourism toilet blacklist," said Li.
Other measures will also be taken to make sure that tourists and other travelers wont frownwhen answering natures call in China. For example, Internet technology such as mobileapplications will be available to help tourists find nearby toilets.
China started a three-year campaign in January last year that aims to build 33,000 restroomsacross the nation by 2017 and renovate 24,000 facilities.
Restroom construction has long been neglected in China. Overseas tourists in China find itchallenging to use public restrooms that feature unfamiliar squat toilets, long lines and anabsence of toilet paper.
Li Jinzao, head of the administration, said China has upgraded its toilets considerably. Now,even in remote rural areas, tourists can avoid the embarrassment of using pit toilets. "However, we have to admit that, compared with other countries such as Japan, we still have alot of work to do," said Li.