Five star toileting in China
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:
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:
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:
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.
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 ladies toilet at the Ludi Scenic Area has a viewing platform but no view from the actual loo. Homepage image is by Alex Healing.