Beijing toilets 北京公厕新规

更新时间 2012年 5月 25日, 星期五 - 格林尼治标准时间16:10

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Six city departments have put their heads together to come up with the new rules. They cover cleaning, the use of equipment and training for attendants.

No public toilet should have more than two flies buzzing around - although the regulations don't state how that's to be checked. There's also an ordinance covering what's confusingly referred to as "discarded items". There should be no more than two of these left in any public convenience.

The new standards also detail how smelly a lavatory should be. Most people who've paid a visit to a Beijing public toilet, know at the moment they're very pungent indeed.

Of course, there is a serious side to these new regulations. Many people who live in the city's old neighbourhoods still don't have their own toilet and have no choice but to use public conveniences. For them, these rules might make an unavoidable daily necessity, a touch more palatable.


Does the new rule include dead flies?

It's not very clear. The rule suggests live flies that are flying around are counted.

What is another expression for public toilets?

Public convenience.

If something has a very strong unpleasant smell, how can we describe it?

A pungent smell.

Do most homes in Beijing's old neighbourhoods have their own toilets?

No, most homes in the old neighbourhoods have no private toilets. The residents have to use the public toilets.

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