Beijing sets 'two-flies only' rule in public toilet guidelines
Published May 25 2012, 11:10 BST | By Alice Stewart
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The City of Beijing wants to educate people on how to use public toilets, setting out a rule that only two flies can be in the facility at a time.
A commentary by Beijing News
recalls that plans were made for the standardisation of washroom facilities back in 2008 for the Olympics, but hygiene and sanitation still varied from toilet to toilet.
Four years on, the authorities are still wanting the change. The plans include new rules for cleaning, the training of attendants and use of equipment.
These guidelines will need to be installed in the toilets in both Chinese and English in order for them to get maximum adherence. The toilets that are being targeted are ones located in parks, railway stations, hospitals and shopping malls.
One rule regards flies being present in the toilet. They are considered as 'discarded items', of which you are only allowed two in the facility at a time. It is unclear at present whether there will be penalties for failing facilities. > Traffic warden clings onto bus as it speeds off in Vietnam - video> Starbucks to drop red dye made from crushed insects