China’s leader is pushing for the toilet revolution to be followed through

A typical public toilet in China consists of a hole in the ground. Some have plumbing but others aren't as sophisticated. Source:

TOILET habits are often kept between the user and the lavatory. But Xi Jinping – the President of China – is encouraging people to take part in the “toilet revolution” in hope of attracting more domestic tourists.

It is a little-known fact that Chinese toilets are far from the Ritz or Four Seasons, but anyone who has visited the country will know that doing your business in a restaurant, school, train station or even some hotels is something of a tricky and unpleasant task.

Xi launched the “toilet revolution” in 2015 in an attempt to rebrand the way domestic tourism is viewed in China.

He reported to Chinese state media that domestic tourism has deep-rooted problems and a lack of civility, which goes beyond just having clean toilets.

“The toilet issue is no small thing, it’s an important aspect of building civilized cities and countryside,” said Xi.

When nature calls, you want to know there is a toilet nearby, and as part of the toilet revolution innovative, the National Tourism Administration in China has announced a plan to upgrade and build 64,000 toilets between 2018 and 2020.

“This work must be a concrete part of advancing our country’s revitalization strategy, and we must make great efforts to fill these shortcomings that affect the quality of life of the masses,” Xi said in a front-page article in the People’s Daily, the Communist party mouthpiece.

Earlier this month marked the globally recognized, yet less celebrated, World Toilet Day. As comical as talk of toilets may seem, it is no laughing matter. Lack of sanitation kills millions of people worldwide each year and 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste.