It's the toilets!
Trip Start Mar 16, 2012
23Trip End Apr 01, 2012
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(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
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?