Tibet in China to launch toilet revolution to encourage tourism

Published on : Thursday, January 12, 2017

revolution to encourage tourismIn order to improve sanitary conditions and boost tourism, a “toilet revolution” will begin this year with heavy investment in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, Xinhua news agency reported.

Losang Jamcan, chairman of the regional government, said the region will spend 1.2 billion yuan (US$173 million) in building and renovating 2,000 toilets in 2017.

According to Sonam Nyima, director of the Tibet Housing and Urban-Rural Development Department, the 2,000 toilets will be mainly built at tourist spots, along major highways and in public venues with a concentration of locals and tourists.

In the past decade, some dry toilets in Tibet’s cities have been replaced with flush ones, but dry toilets remain in rural areas.

Shannan City in southern Tibet plans to build 200 new toilets at tourist sites this year.

The national standard requires “sanitary” toilets in rural homes to have walls, roofs, doors and windows and to be at least two square meters in size. They may be flush toilets or dry toilets with underground storage tanks.


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