Wednesday, March 19, 2008

PostHeaderIcon China Scrambles To Fix Toilet

If there's one thing you do not want to get wrong when hosting the Olympics it is to not provide adequate restroom facilities. After running user tests on the facilities that will host the Olympic sports China found one glaring problem in the style of restrooms.

Most buildings do not have enough western-style bathrooms. Instead they are the traditional squat toilets which are mostly unfamiliar to western cultures. Olympic authorities are rushing to install more of the modern toilets in their facilities in time of the China Olympic games in August.

"Some 500,000 overseas visitors are expected in Beijing during the August 8-24 Games but the only toilets available for the public and the media at many top venues like the National Aquatic Centre, known as the Water Cube, are squat toilets that are widespread in China but unfamiliar to westerners.

"After more than 30 test events, a lot of parties have raised the question of toilets," Yao told journalists."


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