Bathroom With A View – Both Out & In

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A new public washroom in China's Hunan province offers lovely forest views -- so long as you don't mind giving others a view of yourself.

The walls, ceiling and floor of the toilet cubicles, located in Shiyan Lake Ecology Park are almost completely transparent. That means when nature calls users can relieve themselves while simultaneously enjoying the site’s beauty. Of course, they could do their business in privacy and see the view when they’re finished, but what fun would that be?

Washroom visitors aren't completely exposed. A portion of the glass, from the floor to just over the toilet seat, is slightly frosted, shielding users from those who might be tempted to sneak a peek.

Shiyan Lake Ecology Park's glass washroom opened last week - just in time for China's Golden Week national holiday, when millions take advantage of the time off to travel around the country.

More than 14,000 comments have been posted on Chinese news site since the toilets opened. Many involve concerns about privacy.

"All the lechers will then stay in the toilets," commented a user named Fong.

Meanwhile, reader Lin asked: "Who would dare go to a toilet like this? Insane. Perverse."

 Then again, some like the idea: "The toilet is another scenic spot," commented Weibo user Qiu. "Such a victory in that sense."

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