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When you gotta go, message will show where

By Cao Yin (China Daily)

09:02, November 21, 2011

BEIJING - Cao Hui says she really likes hanging out on the capital's prosperous shopping streets, but she often can't find a convenient public toilet.

"It's too difficult to find a washroom in shopping malls and you can't believe how long the waiting line is," said the 25-year-old civil servant. "And it is like finding a treasure box in a maze."

Hopefully, her problem will be solved within four years with the introduction of a text messaging service that will tell people where to find bathrooms nearby.

The messages will give the locations and routes for the public bathrooms nearest to scenic spots or downtown areas, Xie Guomin, head of the environmental sanitation division of the Beijing Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment, told China Daily on Sunday.

"The specific measures of how to fix tourists' positions and the sender and the delivery means for the message are still under consideration," he said.

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