Monday, July 9, 2007

Those Wacky Chinese: They've Created The Wal-Mart Of Public Bathrooms

Toilets. Bathrooms. God, I love them. There is nothing more fun than spending a few moments on the porcelin throne readinbg the local paper. And in Beijin, China, they're flush with pride as a recently-opened porcelain palace features an Egyptian facade, soothing music and more than 1,000 toilets spread out over 32,290 square feet. Yeah baby...1,000 toilets.

Officials in Chongqing are preparing to submit an application to Guinness World Records to have the free four-story public bathroom listed as the world's largest. "We are spreading toilet culture. People can listen to gentle music and watch TV," said Lu Xiaoqing, an official with the Yangrenjie, or "Foreigners Street," tourist area where the bathroom is located. "After they use the bathroom they will be very, very happy."
Footage aired on CCTV showed people milling about the sprawling facility and washing their hands at trough sinks. For open-aired relief, there is a cluster of stalls without a roof. What about helicopters?

Some urinals are uniquely shaped, including ones inside open crocodile mouths and several that are topped by the bust of a woman resembling the Virgin Mary."Other bathrooms are all the same. This one is very special, I've never seen anything like it," one visitor to the tourist area told CCTV. There are also plans to build a supermarket nearby, which will sell toilet-related items, CCTV reported.

And just to make people from America feel at home, they promise a few toilets like the one to the right which is common in most rest area bathrooms along the interstate.