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China smells relief with Xi's 'toilet revolution'

Campaign wins hearts and minds but flushes away vast sums of municipal cash

A public bathroom in Nanjing is decorated with potted plants.

BEIJING -- A walk in the park in Nanjing means more than a breath of fresh air outdoors. Visitors to the city's Huashen Lake can also breathe easy in the once-famously filthy toilets since the government's drive to clean up public facilities.

Clean, comfortable and even a bit luxurious, visitors in need of relief are greeted with soothing music, greenery and toilet bowls awash with soapy suds. One almost wants to linger.

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