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With the Asian Games 85 days away, Beijing residents say they fret as much about their medieval public toilets as they do about the city's slovenly service and sluggish me-first traffic, the China Daily reported Thursday.

Anxious city officials have launched a crack effort to upgrade the 780 public lavatories, most little more than a hole in the floorboards above a malodorous cesspool."Polls show that the usually dirty, simple, foul-smelling and fly-infested toilets in Beijing are considered one of the three most serious problems that might cast a shadow over a successful Asian Games," the report said. The others are snarled traffic and languid service, it said.

China is sparing no effort to ensure the Asian Games are a success. The late September event is the first major international sports festival the country has hosted.