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China's restrooms become a two-fly zone

May 24, 2012

BEIJING, CHINA — Beijing restrooms can contain no more than two flies per stall, and no more than two discarded objects can be left uncollected for any period longer than a half hour, according to the Huffington Post.

The new standards were issued on Monday by the Beijing Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment and focused mainly on public toilets found in parks, tourist areas and shopping centers, among other places, the article stated.

According to the article, the new regulations are not compulsory, but should be seen as a benchmark to improve the notoriously smelly and messy public restrooms throughout the country.

"Beijing public toilets are not known for their welcoming appeal," said Beijing-based BBC journalist Michael Bristow.

"People often smell them before they see them. I only venture in at the most desperate of times," Bristow added.

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