How to Use the toilets in China

 

Plan your China tour? Are you thinking of how to use toilets in China? Siting or squatting? That is a question for many travelers. Squatting toilets are still quite popular in China. Though it may seem uncomfortable and rather too primitive, the squatting position helps you relax your puborectalis muscle and straightens your rectum, reducing the possibilty of getting constipated and easily having waste exvacuated.
 
China’s reputation for horrible public bathrooms is quite known. But things are changing to the better now in some big cities like Beijing, Xian Shangai and etc. The local governments in China are doing a lot to improve the state of the toilet facilities.  Now you’ll often find public toilets rated with stars.
 
Most hotels and all majo airports are equipped with sitting toilets with western facilites. But in some tourist spots or remote areas, toliets are not clean and well maintained, no toilet paper, no soap or tissues to dry your hands. Some toilets need repairs which are often clogged with rundown toilet plumbing.
  
Tips for using a toilet in China:
 
1. Always having toilet paper (pocket tissues) on hand
2. Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
3. Handkerchief for drying hands when towel isn’t available
4. Accept squatting toilets if no way. Many argue it’s actually healthier to squatting than sitting down.
5. If too smelly, you need to squat and cover your nose and bring your own tissue always.
6. If no flush, no door with a bucket of water once a day, just keep an open mind and a sense of humor.
7. Using toilets at upscale restaurants (or MacDonald’s), shopping malls which will have clean washrooms.
 
A 4 Star Rated Toilet Sign issured by Beijing Tourism Administration

4 Star Rated Toilet issured by Beijing Tourism Administration

 
Very clean public toilett with solar energy, music and video.
 

Very clean public toilett with solar energy, music and video

 
 
 
Interesting link:
 
Beijing toilets V London toilets

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