In Beijing there are many public toilets around. Sometimes, they can be as close as a few seconds walk apart.
However, I have never actually used them for anything I would need to sit down for (if you know what I mean).. Reason? Well have a look.
Ok so 99% of the public toilets here are of the squat variety which means there is no seat and you are lucky if there is a cubicle! So most of the time when I walk into these toilets there are two or three people squatting side by side, doing their business having a chat and sharing jokes with each other.
I am still relatively ‘new’ to Beijing, so I have not gotten over my phobia of using these toilets.. I am lucky to have a good, strong digestive system so I can always hold out until I get home – but I fear one day, I’ll have to squeeze in, side by side with some fellow Beijingers and do the inevitable.
I think most of the ladies I know here have gotten over this faster than the guys, though I think it’s because they do not have any option to stand up when using the toilet. I could be wrong though, maybe they are just all braver than I am!
What do you think? Could you get down and use the toilet in Beijing?
UPDATE: Just after writing this I spotted an article on the BBC News website regarding hygiene in Beijing’s toilets.. Have a read.