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Major hotels in China inspected after room cleaning expose

November 16, 2018
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Residents passes by The Peninsula hotel which announced that it was investigating claims in an online video that supposedly showed the hotel cleaners using dirty towels to wipe cups and sinks in Beijing Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. The Chinese tourism ministry asked authorities in Beijing, Shanghai and three provinces to investigate room cleaning at 14 major hotels after hidden camera video showed workers using used towels to clean cups and glasses and other questionable practices. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese tourism ministry has asked authorities in Beijing, Shanghai and three provinces to investigate room cleaning at 14 major hotels after hidden camera video showed workers using used towels to clean cups and glasses and other questionable practices.

Several of the hotels including a Shangri-La, Sheraton and Waldorf Astoria have apologized since an activist blogger posted the video online earlier this week. In several clips, workers in bathrooms wipe down sinks, coffee cups and glasses with the same used towel.

The Peninsula hotel in Beijing said Friday that city inspectors had tested its cups and found they were cleaner than standards required. The Park Hyatt in Beijing called what happened an isolated occurrence.

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