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That’s right, the whole public toilet network of urban China is now at your fingertips with the arrival of the ‘Toilet Sharing (厕所共享)’ app.
First thing to know: the interface language of the toilet-hunting app is Chinese. That said, using the app is pretty straightforward. When your phone’s location services are turned on, it pinpoints every public toilet and restroom at hotels, department stores, KFCs, McDonald’s and the like in close proximity. So even if reading Chinese characters is not your forte, you will still be able to locate the facilities at hand.
For instance, around the Taojin Metro Station in Guangzhou’s Yuexiu District, a total of 10 lavatories are uncloaked in Toilet Sharing, including five in the Guangzhou Friendship Store.
It’s even better if you can read Chinese, in which case the address and distance of pinpointed washrooms from your location are shown when tapped. Tap again on ‘查看线路’ (see route) in the upper right corner, and a suggested route is displayed.
There’s also an ‘add toilet’ function, which requires user registration. For the time being, though, this feature is clearly malfunctioning. Fingers crossed for a future update that will fix this bug.
Toilet Sharing is available on iOS and Android devices.
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