Tinder for toilets? China launches a public bathroom-finding platform

Between soggy TP, bathroom stall graffiti, and that “universal bathroom odor” permeating the pores of commuters everywhere, the one thing we as humans can all agree on is how horrendously sh*tty public restrooms are. On Sunday, in celebration of World Toilet Day (yeah, what?), China released a platform to help tourists and citizens alike find […]


November 22, 2017

Between soggy TP, bathroom stall graffiti, and that “universal bathroom odor” permeating the pores of commuters everywhere, the one thing we as humans can all agree on is how horrendously sh*tty public restrooms are.

On Sunday, in celebration of World Toilet Day (yeah, what?), China released a platform to help tourists and citizens alike find tolerable public restrooms in their area, called the “National Public Toilet Cloud.”

“Siri, call Toilet”

Well, not quite — available via app and WeChat, the platform highlights nearly 330k public toilets across the country, giving toilet seekers the 4-1-1 on their nearest golden throne.

All a person in need has to do is scan a QR code, and the app identifies their location and ranks the public bathrooms closest to them.

NPTC also has restroom operators that share info about the facilities equipped with pictures, price points, and hours of operation.

Join the revolution

In hopes of boosting its tourism, China has launched what it calls a “toilet revolution,” spending more than $150m to build or renovate 68k little girls and boys rooms nationwide.

Meanwhile, they join the other developing countries like India working to solve their own “toilet crisis” — plus every University subreddit desperately searching for the best place to poop on campus.

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