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'Toilet revolution' begins in China's largest lake

Qinghai Lake is China's largest inland and biggest saltwater lake.   

'Toilet revolution' begins in China's largest lake
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Beijing: A toilet revolution has begun at Qinghai Lake, a famous tourist destination in China's Qinghai province aimed at installing and upgrading toilets in and around the area, authorities said on Monday.

So far this year, the scenic area has received 11.92 million yuan ($1 million) as part of the project, reports Xinhua news agency.

A portion of the investment, worth 1.28 million yuan, has been used to upgrade 32 toilets around the lake, and the rest is being used to install 13 environmentally friendly toilets and 11 unisex toilets, said Zhang Shengxiang, head of the business management department of the Qinghai Lake tourism company, which is in charge of the area's tourism investment and development.

Qinghai Lake is China's largest inland and biggest saltwater lake. 

As a national tourist attraction, it received 3.2 millions tourists from home and abroad as of mid-October, up 77 per cent year-on-year. But visitors have complained about the lack of toilets in the area. 

In May, the area was criticised by the government for its toilet problem.

However, the situation is improving. The toilets are clean and tidy now, equipped with hand washing gel, tissue and hand dryers. Unisex toilets have extra baby seats, safety hand-rails and speakers.

China plans to install or upgrade 64,000 toilets at tourist destinations from 2018 to 2020 in an effort to remove a major nuisance for travellers and develop domestic tourism.

This comes as part of the three-year "toilet revolution" launched in 2015, which saw over 20 billion yuan invested in installing or renovating 68,000 toilets at tourist sites, exceeding the target of 57,000 toilets.