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Royal 'throne' causes a big stink

A DISTRICT government in Guangdong Province has spent 250 million yuan (US$36.6 million) to build a "royal park" including a gold decorated toilet, which it said would help the masses experience how nobility once lived.

Nanyueyuan Park was mostly funded by the Panyu District government in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong. However, people have criticized the park, saying it was just to show off and a waste of taxpayers' money, Southern Metropolis Daily reported yesterday.

A park-goer surnamed Li told the newspaper the opulent decoration, especially the 6 million yuan toilet, saddened him after the thought how all that money could be used for better purposes such as rural education.

More than 10 kilograms of genuine 999 gold was used to decorate the facade of every structure in the park, said Chen Ji, manager of Nanyueyuan Park. The toilet, which has generated the most criticism, contains half a kilogram of gold alone.

Liang Weisu, chief designer of the park, said the toilet was in tune with its royal theme and it has been welcomed by most visitors.


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