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Popular Chinese city Xiamen must brush up hygiene game in public facilities

  • Many public toilets in the scenic spots and restaurants of Xiamen, a popular tourism and events destination, don’t seem to provide hand soap
PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 January, 2019, 8:05am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 January, 2019, 8:04am

I refer to the letter from Dr Sally Ferguson on soap-free toilets being a hygiene risk (“Macau Grand Prix failed safety test on toilet hygiene”, November 19).

I recently returned from a trip to Xiamen, in Fujian province of mainland China. During my four-day tour in the city, I found that most of the toilets in the scenic spots and the restaurants I visited did not provide hand-washing soap. I needed to clean my hands by using wet tissues or by using the hand soap provided in the hotel room. I was reluctant to touch the sample foods offered at many spots, for fear that I might ingest germs carried on my fingers.

Historic Xiamen packed with attractions

A number of international conferences and summits are and will be held in Xiamen. I hope the government would consider the tourism image and public health concerns of the city and provide hand soap in the toilets in the scenic spots at least.

Felix Mak, Kowloon Bay