According to the Analysis Report on China’s Travel Restroom Navigation System published by the National Tourism Bureau, the coverage rate of restrooms in Dongguan ranks first in the country.
In China, convenience can mean easy to find restrooms, and Dongguan is top of the game. According to the Analysis Report on China’s Travel Restroom Navigation System, Dongguan had two good indexes: restroom coverage (ranking first) and supply and demand balance (ranking eighth).
Currently, there are at least 12,000 public restrooms in Dongguan. Locations could still be optimized, and the number of unisex facilities could be increased.
Supply and Demand Balance ranking eighth
Data in the Report was collected via the "Gao De Map" app. The software recently added the function to pinpoint public restrooms (including formal public ones and those in stores).
The report shows that the coverage rate of public restrooms in Dongguan ranks first in the country. The subsequent top ten are Foshan, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Xiamen, Suzhou, Ningbo, Beijing, Wuxi, and Nanjing. This coverage algorithm is complex. Generally, the smaller the city and the more numerous the restrooms, the higher the ranking.
In addition, on the Supply & Demand Balance index list, Dongguan ranks eighth in the country. The subsequent top ten cities are Shenzhen, Foshan, Shanghai, Wuxi, Beijing, Suzhou, Ningbo, Dongguan, Changzhou and Wuhan. The index refers to the “restroom demand and supply balance,” concerning on whether the number is enough for users, relating to data on coverage, total number, and demand throughout the day.
The report does not disclose the number of “public restrooms” in all cities, however Dongguan disclosed its own data during the city’s “two Sessions” this year, being 12,000.
So far, Dongguan has built 2,138 formal public restrooms, most located in community parks, squares, important areas, streets and alleys and other public places. In addition, there are more than 10,000 affiliated public restrooms in the city, distributed across various commercial areas and public places.
It is suggested that there is still room for improvement in Dongguan. For example, the distribution of public restrooms in urban areas is uneven, with more in old areas and fewer in new areas, more in remote areas and fewer on main roads, a general lack of signage, and an imbalance of male and female facilities.
Towns will upgrade public restrooms
Despite some deficiencies, city planning assures it will be more convenient for people to find facilities in the future. At present, many towns in Dongguan are undergoing a “public restroom revolution.”
Houjie Town plans to upgrade public facilities (excluding parks) in the town centre. It will carry out a pilot scheme of free toilet paper, install air conditioners in a select few, and build star-rated public facilities. Machong plans to upgrade all 53 public restrooms to the national 3A standard. At present, 9 of the trial restrooms have already been successfully renovated.
(By Nicky Yu, Stefanie Tan and Sev Pischl)
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