It's the toilets!

Trip Start Mar 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 01, 2012

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Flag of China  , Yunnan,
Thursday, March 22, 2012

(Written en route from Xian to Lijiang - at the Kunming airport.)

You always hear stories of how hard-working and efficient the Chinese population is. It's true - people work hard and move fast. There never seems to be any time for relaxing. Even in public places, no one just relaxes - they are constantly in motion.

Well, I'll tell you a secret. It's the toilets. In China, we have found that there are very few "sitting" toilets. There are "squatting" toilets. That's right. Even in modern airports and places like the Beijing Olympic park - you walk right in, squat, do your business, and move on.

It is impossible to sqat in that position for very long. Plus, it's not pleasant. And it's certainly not a place one would take a newspaper in to peruse at one's leisure. But efficient? Yes, it is quite efficient.

So, the question becomes: Are the squatting toilets everywhere because the Chinese believe it is more efficient? Or is it their efficiency driven by the lack of places to sit and relax?

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Elisabeth on

Hahaha! The toilets! Well, the ones you pictured look like luxury to me! In 1992 there were only holes in a concrete floor which were mainly overflowing when the bucket of water standing next to the hole had not been replenished. There was nearly ever a wah basin and if so, the "towel" was like a floor mop.
Toilet paper was a rarety. The Japanese who travelled with me on the bus all were featuring strings with toilet paper rolls as necklaces. You also were lucky not to have the kitchen next to the toilet in the restaurant. That happened to me and when I saw the bowl of rice standing on a chair between the toilet and the kitchen which was then brought to us for lunch, I got very ill from disgust and stayed ill until I arrived in Shanghai and had the comforts of a Western Hotel. There also was alot of squatting on my part next to the bus that had to stop for me everytime I got sick. The Japanese took many pictures of me! Have fun at the next stop. It should be beautiful.

Sue on

The toilet on the floor reminds me of a couple of them I ran into in Paris. Yuccck

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