There is great interest in the toilets of our country. For that reason, I have been collecting toilet pictures for some time, and have decided that this is as good a time as any to share them! Some of the most fascinating toilets I have been in have been so crowded with people in various states of undress that I have not been able to take pictures. Other times, I just have not had a camera with me. So this is a small sampling for you education!
This is your standard public toilet. Somewhat clean, a little exposed, and VERY stinky. It is a trough, built on a slope. You squat over it, and your waste (theoretically) slides down the slope into, um, somewhere. Since it doesn’t have a door, and the average Chinese person has never seen a white person’s behind, we usually get quite the crowd around us observing our technique.
I actually don’t mind this one too much, as you do not have to put your feet in waste that has missed the hole. It is a little hard for children to use, as you can imagine. Zoe isn’t exactly afraid of this one, but she is cautious :)
A common phenomenon in public toilets in China is that the plumbing is so old, and the pipes so narrow in diameter that solid waste can not pass through it. So most places ask that you not gift them with your #2. This toilet politely stated this request in, um, well, this kind of language (and if you are offended, and think this in poor taste, well, I DID label this post TOILETS).
This is a highway gas station toilet. They are rank, and usually very dirty, but they DO usually have flush toilets, and the adjoining shop has lots of tasty fermented snack to keep you kids cheerful until the next pit stop!
This is another standard public toilet. This one flushes. Often the porcelain is coated in a thick slimy sludge of, well, stuff, but this one was nice and clean. I usually close my eyes and imagine myself on a grassy plain. If I am taking a little kids, I squat behind it and hold the child in my arms so they don’t get their feet in all the crud. This flush type of toilet is less intimidated for children than the trough kind!
This is by far the most surprising toilet I have come across. It was at a VERY touristy type of place. But still left me rather confused. Hey, at least they tried, right?!!!! This is the toilet I have seen in China that made allowances for children. I have never seen a toilet with a changing table, that is for sure!!!
Oh, and BTW, none of these toilets will provide you with toilet paper, OR soap. SO make sure, if you visit us, you always have a Kleenex packet in your pocket when we go out. And a nice bottle of hand sanitizer in your other pocketJ