Planet China

The smell test

The WTO is making its presence felt in China again. But not the one that you might be thinking.

As the People’s Daily reports, the WTO in question this month is the World Toilet Organisation, which has arrived in Hainan determined on improving the island’s lavatories.

To this end, the World Toilet Organisation has sent in a crack team of experts to train a select group of local toilet cleaners, the newspaper noted gravely.

WiC has reported before on China’s none-too-inviting public toilets (see WiC11) but Hainan’s pretensions to become the ‘Chinese Hawaii’ may have made their image overhaul more pressing.

The latest training exercise – which spanned three days, and so must have been exhaustive – was launched in conjunction with the 2011 World Toilet Summit and Expo, which was also held in Hainan’s Haikou this week.

The event’s timing is no coincidence either: WiC readers will no doubt be aware that November 19 was World Toilet Day.


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