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    Bathrooms in China

    Is it true that bathrooms in China are much different than in the USA? If so how? Is there toilet paper? If not did you bring your own? I am sort of concerned about this in terms of my travels there.

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    Re: Bathrooms in China

    I generally avoid public toilets when I go to China. In airports and most shopping malls, toilets are now much better and more fully equipped. In smaller cities, however, often toilets have not doors or are completely open and friends will often chat with one another while sitting on top of the toilet seats. Many toilets in the villages are squat toilets and or even open trenches, where everything ( and I mean everything ) is visible.

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    Re: Bathrooms in China

    If it's airports or most shopping malls, yes there's toilet paper. Otherwise as Brian said,if it's villages and it's a squat toilet,no there isn't toilet paper. When I lived in Indo,my friends and I carried packs of klenex wherever we went in case we needed to use them after we went to toilet. Our college toilet was pretty nasty though. Unlike in U.S where your bathroom is 'dry' , squat toilets are 'wet' restroom so it always looks so gross for me. All houses in indo that I know ,even though they have sit on toilet, the restroom is still wet restroom.so you'd get in and the floor is all wet,full of muddy foot steps from people going in and out if it's rainy day or worse, people who are used to squatting toilet,will get UP and SQUAT on the sit on toilet so it leaves shoes mark on the area you are supposed to sit on.

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    Re: Bathrooms in China

    Ok...I have to say this is not something I've thought about much about. LOL.
    Good to have the information, though.

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    Re: Bathrooms in China

    Hi, when I last went to China, I stayed mostly at hotels. The bathrooms of hotels found in the city are good. Their airport bathroom is also good. The only problem is their bathrooms at provinces and public spaces. It's quite smelly. Bathrooms at some train stations too are not so good. For provinces, there are bathrooms and restrooms with no toilet bowl but just plain drainage system. LOL. But for good places, China also have good bathrooms.

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    In shopping malls, airports, and other fancy places you won't have a problem. Usually they have a choice of western style (situated and end of the line of loo's), or squat ones. There will be a bin next to it where you should throw your tissues - don't flush them down the toilet as their plumbing isn't strong enough. Always carry your own tissues - just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianWolfe View Post
    I generally avoid public toilets when I go to China. In airports and most shopping malls, toilets are now much better and more fully equipped. In smaller cities, however, often toilets have not doors or are completely open and friends will often chat with one another while sitting on top of the toilet seats. Many toilets in the villages are squat toilets and or even open trenches, where everything ( and I mean everything ) is visible.
    Jesus, that sounds a lot like it was here many decades ago. I'm new to squat toilets, but my mom definitely isn't! She has told me the most horrorific stories about them :P It sounds like China isn't that appealing for me anymore! I try to avoid public bathrooms as much as it is humanely possible, but there will always a time you will need to go! The no doors part is really worriesome... I've had nightmares that sounded exactly like what you described, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kai_uk View Post
    In shopping malls, airports, and other fancy places you won't have a problem. Usually they have a choice of western style (situated and end of the line of loo's), or squat ones. There will be a bin next to it where you should throw your tissues - don't flush them down the toilet as their plumbing isn't strong enough. Always carry your own tissues - just in case.
    Good tip, I thought my mom was over reacting because she always carried toilet paper in her bag, I might start doing the seem... going to China or not! By the way, isn't only in China where they have issues with ugly bathrooms, this also happens in small villages in places like Mexico. Finding a clean bathroom is a rarity... the ones at the airport are the cleanest I've ever seen!

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    There is some truth to open toilets but on a normal vacation you probably won't use one or find one. These are normally in the poorer areas like out of town villages or in the hutongs. I found one while cruising the hutongs but didn't use it!. It was a trench with barriers separating you and person in front. There was no door so someone could see you if they walked in but not the other person using the 'trench'. You won't find these unless you actively search for one, there are many McDonalds around so you can use those like everyone else.

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    Re: Bathrooms in China

    When I went to China, I had such a memorable experience with the toilets! I always knew that there weren't toilet seats in China, but I totally forgot when I really had to use the restroom. Haha! I came from Hong Kong so I disregarded the fact that I had to prepare my own toilet paper. The toilets are just like holes but with a toilet seat on the floor. It takes a while to get used to. Haha!

 

 

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