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The flush: Swisshorn Gold Palace, Hong Kong, China
The lowdown: Nearly three tons of gold, $50 million, and five years of work by 300 people. Those are the stats for the most lavish throne in our collection. It makes sense that this luxurious loo is a Hang Fung jewelry showroom in Hong Kong. The head of Hang Fung, Lam Sai-wing, and the Swiss watch company Swisshorn collaborated to create a full 7,000-square-foot suite to show off their craftsmanship and promote tourism in Hong Kong. They call it the Swisshorn Gold Palace, and everything is genuine gold. You can book it for yourself for $25,000 a night. The artisans really showcased their Midas touches in the restroom, though, with a 14-K toilet and bidet, along with mirrored paneling so it's hard to miss a single glittering detail. Don't want to ante up the $25K? Consider instead the tour, offered at a mere $3 a head. At that rate, the store should pay off its investment in, oh, about 399 years.
If you have to go:
Swisshorn Gold Palace
Tel: 86 852 2760 0707