Chinese public lavatories are among the most unpleasant in the world, a fact that WiC may have mentioned before. But a new shopping mall in Chongqing has got internet users talking with the unveiling of a loo that is super clean – but not exactly public. According to Xinhua, the Xingguang 68 luxury mall has a locked toilet that requires a swipe card for entry. But in order to use the VIP facilities, guests must spend over Rmb5,000 (and on one item, no less). Mall executives reckon it is a first for the Chinese retail environment, although netizens have labelled it “the toilet you cannot afford to use”. In an online poll, 89% expressed strong dissatisfaction with the whole idea, finding it discriminatory. For Chinese leaders – worried by the increasing gap between rich and poor – the luxury loo may not be a welcome development, unless they happen to be out shopping in Chongqing, of course (for more on the theme of income inequality see page 16).
© ChinTell Ltd. All rights reserved.
Exclusively sponsored by HSBC.
The Week in China website and the weekly magazine publications are owned and maintained by ChinTell Limited, Hong Kong. Neither HSBC nor any member of the HSBC group of companies ("HSBC") endorses the contents and/or is involved in selecting, creating or editing the contents of the Week in China website or the Week in China magazine. The views expressed in these publications are solely the views of ChinTell Limited and do not necessarily reflect the views or investment ideas of HSBC. No responsibility will therefore be assumed by HSBC for the contents of these publications or for the errors or omissions therein.