On Toilets in China – or How I Learned to Love the Squat Toilet | Speaking of China

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  1. Autumn
    Autumn September 26, 2017 at 7:12 am | | Reply

    Anytime I’m in a club or busy restaurant with unisex restrooms on a Saturday night, I think about how squat toilets would be a better choice.

    At least until men learn how to aim.

  2. Sara
    Sara September 26, 2017 at 12:05 pm | | Reply

    I loved the squat toilets, except for the occasional one that hadn’t seemed to have been cleaned in days and you had to step in the stuff around it. My husband said, in his opinion, that was one of the reasons shoes are ALWAYS removed when you enter a home in China, unlike in the US, where some people leave their shoes on. He would see someone in their home with their shoes still on propped up on a couch and be like… Nope. Not sitting on that couch, ever. 🙂

  3. Dan Yeh
    Dan Yeh September 27, 2017 at 9:46 am | | Reply

    For the able-bodied the “squatter” is just fine and very practical. How do they accommodate the handicapped, pregnant women, or even somebody who sprained an ankle accidentally? It is not funny when this latter group of folks “have to go”and can’t find the proper facilities. Do the Chinese have at least one sit down toilet along side multiple “squatters” even out in the country side?

  4. Nicki Chen
    Nicki Chen September 27, 2017 at 1:28 pm | | Reply

    Squat toilets must be good for keeping your legs strong.

    In 1983, when we visited Xiamen, I didn’t come upon any sitting toilets. The squatting toilets I remember were dirty and one long trough for everyone to use without privacy. The home we visited only had chamber pots. I’m glad things have improved since then.

  5. Richard
    Richard October 3, 2017 at 4:04 am | | Reply

    I do have to confess that I squat on top of a sitting toilet (with the seat lifted) whenever I am in a public bathroom without available squat toilet. I would wipe up the shoe stamp after use.
    My action annoy people if they ever find out. But I am sorry, I can’t stand that there are usually pee and once some white stuff near the seat.

  6. Christine
    Christine October 23, 2017 at 1:57 pm | | Reply

    I love this post! But I am opposite to you I think…I think I would like a combo of sitting and squatter at home, but only using sitting in public. I like the squatter because it puts your body into a position that makes it more natural and easy to…um…do your business. Here in America, I’ve seen people invent a footstool that you keep by your sitting toilet in order to create the posture, because of how your organs and such line up. (Trying not to make this gross. :P) So I wouldn’t mind having that at home!

    But I find it difficult to use the squatter without removing my pants entirely…Maybe you have a suggestion? Because I feel compelled to do that, I have to take them off over my shoes, which have just walked in a dirty public restroom floor, which feels so gross to me…I hope I make sense, haha! 🙂

  7. ManilaMemories
    ManilaMemories October 24, 2017 at 2:23 pm | | Reply

    Brings back memories of my first encounter with public toilets in Shanghai–and me wondering why a local, downtown Starbucks–in full view of the city’s majestic skyline, does not have its own facilities for paying customers….

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