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Five star toileting in China

Five star toileting in China

Terrific public facilities in Guilin. Image:  Alex Healing .

Terrific public facilities in Guilin. Image: Alex Healing.

Limestone hills and peaks are a stunning and evocative feature of South East Asia. 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...

Location

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

The city of Guilin in Guangxi Province, China. Image: 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 part of 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:

 

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. Image:  teflsearch.com

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

Incidentally…

Rice terraces at Longsheng. Image:  Jack French .

Rice terraces at Longsheng. Image: Jack French.

The Longsheng Rice Terraces are located around 60 miles from Guilin. 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. Image:  Brian Sterling .

Flooded rice terraces looking terrific. Image: Brian Sterling.

The ladies toilet at the Ludi Scenic Area has a viewing platform but no view from the actual loo. As well as having sensational toilets, the Ludi Scenic Area is also/mostly known for Ludi Yan (a.k.a The Reed Flute Cave). Homepage image is by Alex Healing.


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