Using public toilets in China has never been a sanitary affair. Beijing is now spending billions to build new facilities and clean up the old ones.
Footage posted online showing questionable cleaning practices in some hotels in China has sparked social media outrage. Several hotels have apologized, though one said such actions were an "isolated occurrence."
China has not yet become a go-to global tourist destination. The potential is there, but the country suffers from a poor image and a number of bureaucratic hurdles, says Frank Sieren.
China is taking care of a pressing need: Authorities have installed or upgraded over 50,000 lavatories in a "national toilet revolution" designed to clean up filthy public restrooms.
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