Loo with a view: Few takers for China's first all-glass toilet

The all-glass toilet in Changsha's scenic Shiyan Lake was opened to the public on Sept 29, 2016.
The all-glass toilet in Changsha's scenic Shiyan Lake was opened to the public on Sept 29, 2016. PHOTO: AFP
The all-glass toilet in Changsha's scenic Shiyan Lake was opened to the public on Sept 29, 2016.
The all-glass toilet in Changsha's scenic Shiyan Lake was opened to the public on Sept 29, 2016. PHOTO: AFP
The all-glass toilet in Changsha's scenic Shiyan Lake was opened to the public on Sept 29, 2016.
The all-glass toilet in Changsha's scenic Shiyan Lake was opened to the public on Sept 29, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
The all-glass toilet in Changsha's scenic Shiyan Lake was opened to the public on Sept 29, 2016.
The all-glass toilet in Changsha's scenic Shiyan Lake was opened to the public on Sept 29, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

A city in China's southern Hunan province is hoping to encourage tourists to visit its countryside with the opening of see-through public toilets.

The loos, located on top of trees near Shiyan Lake in Changsha, offer spectacular views of the forest below - and also of fellow toilet users.

According to the BBC, walls that separate the cubicles - including the men's and women's sections - use lightly frosted glass.

Chinese state media reported that the toilets' opening on Thursday (Sept 29) drew many curious visitors, but few were brave enough to use them.


The toilet (with blue roof) seen among the trees. PHOTO: AFP

The restrooms are believed to be the first such in China that are made entirely of glass.

Online reactions to a Facebook post by CCTV News summed up the overall negative sentiment.

One user simply said "hell no", while user Tina Chen wrote: "Is not about being shy. Just again someone had extra money to waste it."