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Some people search for wisdom. Others for truth. Then there are those who search for views from toilets…

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Five star toileting in China

Five star toileting in China

 Terrific public facilities in Guilin. Photograph  Alex Healing

Terrific public facilities in Guilin. Photograph Alex Healing

Limestone Karst Hills are a stunning feature of much of South East Asia - and so it's brilliant to finally see some from a urinal! The visionaries behind these public toilets at the Ludi Scenic Area in Guilin, southern China, have replaced two of the walls with floor-to-ceiling windows, opening up the view to create an unforgettable toilet experience. China rates its public toilets on a scale of one-five stars. These are a five...

The toilets have, of course, appeared on Chinese television - sadly not subtitled:

Location

 The city of Guilin in Guangxi Province, China. Photograph  Thomas Bächinger

The city of Guilin in Guangxi Province, China. Photograph Thomas Bächinger

Standing on the west bank of the Lijiang River, Guilin is a popular Chinese tourist destination. The city is renowned for its limestone karst rocks, which are formed when soluble limestone dissolves to leave distinctive peaks/hills. Guilin is in the Chinese province of Guangxi, which is officially known as the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Other autonomous regions in China include Tibet and Inner Mongolia.

The toilet itself is here, at the Ludi Scenic Area:

 

Suggested viewing…

It's far from being the longest river in China, but is arguably the most beautiful. This video from Jungles in Paris brings to life the incredible landscape of the Lijiang River between Guilin and Yangshuo:

So iconic, in fact, that it's celebrated on China's 20 Yuan note:

 The scene at Xingping, as featured on China's 20 Yuan note. Photograph  teflsearch.com

The scene at Xingping, as featured on China's 20 Yuan note. Photograph teflsearch.com

Incidentally…

 Rice terraces at Longsheng. Photograph  Jack French

Rice terraces at Longsheng. Photograph Jack French

Also close to Guilin - around 60 miles away - are the Longsheng Rice Terraces. Said to be the most beautiful rice terraces in all of China, they have been in use for hundreds of years and look particularly lovely when flooded - part of the rice growing process.

 Flooded rice terraces looking terrific. Photograph  Brian Sterling

Flooded rice terraces looking terrific. Photograph Brian Sterling

The Reed Flute Cave

As well having sensational toilets, the Ludi Scenic Area is also/mostly known for Ludi Yan - a.k.a. the Reed Flute Cave. It's a limestone cave and, as you can see, is lit for dramatic effect.

 The Reed Flute Cave in Guilin. Photograph  'cheddarcheez' (flickr.com)

The Reed Flute Cave in Guilin. Photograph 'cheddarcheez' (flickr.com)

The ladies toilet at the Ludi Scenic Area has a viewing platform but no view from the actual loo. Homepage image is by Alex Healing.


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