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The toilet one is normal, but no mention of the squat toilet, my particular " difficulty". However in 8 weeks in China I managed never to use one [ went close some times].
Advice " do all you possibly can" before you leave your hotel, and never go out if you have the runs. I have a jocular phrase " China, great culture, pity about the toilets"
Feb 14, 2011 17:00 Report Abuse
Diapers, especially disposable diapers, is a waste of money and is big money earner for Procter and Gamble, and the likes. Split pants is great innovation from the past that is still being put to good use. Another alternative is cloth diapers, which are reusable after it is being washed.
Feb 14, 2011 11:56 Report Abuse
Creativity. Dude, that's so wrong bro. Ok, so we should do away with toilet paper and tampons too? Let's all start taking dumps on public walkways! Oh, better yet, let's just get rid of bathrooms altogether and let the sewage flow freely down the streets like it used to in the middle ages in Europe and still does in Africa. Let's welcome back the dark ages again, where people made their house walls out of "waddle and dab," a.k.a. Sh*t, and threw their feces out the window. Look out below! Haha. Yeah, great invention, those split pants.
Feb 15, 2011 03:23 Report Abuse
There's a good reason why we don't allow our children to poop in the streets in the West. It is called, disease. Not only does human waste carry multiple health risks, but it also attracts rats, which also carry disease. I've seen a lot of rats in China.
Feb 15, 2011 08:11 Report Abuse
Most of SE Asia uses water to clean themselves. It is not just an Islamic thing as Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, etc. all have a bucket of water or a hose. I personally think that the hose is probably the most sanitary. In the West, only the rich have bidets (I think that is spelled right) while in SE Asia every home that has plumbing has a metal or rubber hoses next to the toilet.
Feb 19, 2011 03:01 Report Abuse
Really? I don't know anyone who owns a bidet in the USA and I know some pretty wealthy people. I think bidets are not very common, even amoung the wealthy. T.P. still seems to be the dominating trend. I think we are getting off point though. Is squatting on the street sidewalk sanitary? This is the question. Using your hand as toilet paper, is this sanitary? Not using T.P. or water, is this sanitary?
Feb 21, 2011 07:03 Report Abuse
Not lazy culture. But "Cleanliness" is not an integral part of it. That is why there are spits and litter every where, garbage in plastic bags thrown out of the apartment windows and stuck on the trees, etc,etc,etc.
China's economy grew so fast, but these cultural matters did not grow hand in hand with economy. It gets another 30 yeas before the social behaviors will be like the basic Western behavior of today.
Feb 27, 2011 09:58 Report Abuse