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Beijing's Bizarre 'Two-Fly' Rule

Authorities in Beijing have set a new standard for public toilets called the "two fly rule."
The name is exactly what it implies: No toilet in a public place should contain more than two flies.
The two-fly limit is one of a series of measures aimed at improving toilets in the Chinese capital.

Xie Guomin, the official in charge of the initiative, told the newspaper that the two-fly rule was not compulsory, but was a new benchmark to improve the Chinese capital's notoriously unpleasant public restrooms. 
'We will not actually count fly numbers. The regulation is specific and quantified, but the inspection methodology will be flexible,' Guomin said.

The new regulations set forth aim to improve those public restrooms that are still unsatisfactory, and also to educate the public on clean bathroom habits.
It is not clear if failing washrooms will be punished and if so, how.

If you like this post just click here Posted By crkota with 1 comment


This new rule isn't that bizarre... not if you have ever been to China. It is not uncommon in many cities to find public bathrooms filled with feces and so disgusting as to be unusable.

I once took an overnight bus trip from Zhengzhou to another city. During the night we stopped at about midnight on the side of the road for a 'potty break.' Our bathroom was the field with two bricks. Everyone stood on the bricks and used the toilet in the open.

I for one applaud the two fly rule. It is way overdue.

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