A state-of-the-art public toilet became operational in Beijing’s Fangshan district on Thursday, which was also World Toilet Day, Legal Evening News reported.
Apart from being equipped to cater to the needs of the elderly, the disabled and people with infants, the toilet also provides facilities like WIFI, ATM, charging poles for electric cars and a water vending machine. There’s also a room and bathroom for sanitation workers maintaining the toilet and nearby areas.
Named “Fifth Space”, the new public toilet is meant to become the fifth kind of space after family space, work space, social space and cyberspace, and is aimed at improving people’s living conditions, according to the Beijing Environment Sanitation Engineering Group, the company in charge of the project.
What’s more, the company has promised that the new facilities will not add an additional burden on taxpayers.
This clarification comes amid concerns raised by some netizens back in October, when first reports of the new facilities had emerged. Back then, many people had remarked that the extra services were a waste of money.
“I really don’t’ care about those other functions…it’s fine as long as the public toilet itself is clean enough,” said @Lilyvsalin. Her comment had received over 3,000 likes on Weibo.
More of these facilities will be opened in Beijing’s Tongzhou, Shunyi and Pinggu districts, as well as other Chinese cities like Haikou and Zhangjiakou in the next phase of the project.