Government office toilets open to public in central China city

14:56, April 12, 2011      

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Luoyang has decided to open many of its government office toilets to the public starting April 1.

Now 100 government departments in the central China city are obliged by law to open their toilets to the public. Signs have been erected outside government offices saying "Toilets available to the public."

"It's quite easy now for visitors to find a toilet," said Wang Ping, a tourist visiting Luoyang, Henan Province, from China's northern province of Hebei.

Pei Lei, a Luoyang resident, said because of the new regulation that came into force this month she was able to use the toilet in the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of Luoyang. "The toilets there are clean," she remarked.

Zhang Luo, deputy director of City Environment Sanitation Department said that 521 government office toilets have been opened to the public during this year's peony festival to meet the increasing number of visitors.

Zhang Luo though noted that some government office toilets could not be opened to the public for security reasons. These offices are the municipal public security bureau, municipal people's procuratorate and Luoyang intermediate court, among others.

Luoyang is not the first city in China to implement such a regulation, and Zhang Luo said the city has drawn on other cities' experiences.

Source: Xinhua
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