A hospital building in the southern Chinese city of Nanning has been compared to a giant toilet by internet users.

The Guangxi International Zhuang Medicine Hospital features medicine and therapies that are traditional to the Zhuang ethnic group.

The 'tank' reportedly hosts the in-patient department of the hospital, while the 'bowl' hosts the institution’s departments.

"I think this design is linked to the function of the hospital. Maybe it is convenient for patients. When it’s raining outside then a patient can go to any department without carrying an umbrella," said Nanning resident Chaoyu Feng.

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