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Beijing sets ‘two flies only’ public toilet guideline5th of June 2012
Authorities in the Chinese capital of Beijing have set new standards for public toilets, including a stipulation they should contain no more than two flies.
Toilets in places such as tourist spots must comply with the new standards. However it is not clear whether failing washrooms will be punished and if so, how.
The new rules, published by the commission of city administration, also set standards on odour and cleaning litter bins. They also cover cleaning, the use of equipment and training for attendants.
Signs in both Chinese and English must also be installed in public toilets. And advertisements displayed in toilets are also being regulated - they must not obstruct functionality and have to be legal.
Beijing's Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment said in a statement that the regulations aimed to standardise toilet management at places such as parks, railway stations, hospitals and shopping malls.