Does this look like a public toilet to you?
Not only did it cause me to do a double take but
I felt compelled to take some photos of it for my records!
As I noted in my blog entry for that day, two Sundays ago, I walked from Repulse Bay to Aberdeen. In passing in that post, I also mentioned my having come across what may well be Hong Kong's most elaborately constructed public toilet while strolling along the Aberdeen waterfront -- and yes, so remarkable did I find it that I'm now hereby dedicating a specific blog post to it!
Funnily enough, when I showed these photos of it to a friend who had lived in Beijing for a time, she remarked that the design style looked "so mainland". For my part though, I can't recall having come across any public toilets on my one and only trip up north to Mainland China thus far that looked like this elaborately decorated that I saw in Aberdeen. But if truth be told, it's because I remember the designs of the public toilets there far less than I remember the behavior of the people I had the misfortune to witness while in them!!
Rather than spend too much time recalling certain sights that may well have left me mentally scarred for life, I'm going to thank goodness that Hong Kong's public toilets do tend to be cleaner -- and better designed -- than those in a number of other territories I've lived in and visited. (In addition to Mainland China, I also most definitely am not a fan of Malaysia and Tanzania's public toilets!)
At the same time though, they have a ways to go before they can be considered as nice -- and not a nightmare to visit -- as the public toilets of Japan and -- I have to admit this came as a surprise to me -- Vietnam. Something else to commend with regards to Japanese public toilets -- and Hong Kong ones too -- is that, unlike in, say, Britain, Turkey, Malaysia and Vietnam, I've never had to pay to use one! (So yes, that very nice looking public toilet over in Aberdeen is one that people don't have to pay to patronize!)