Friday, October 28, 2011

Chinese Toilet Extremes

It seems there are two different types of toilets here in China. I got used to the squat toilets which I encountered nearly everywhere outside of my hotel. Again, my pre-reading served me well; I knew I needed to take my own toilet paper with me.

But then, I finally went into the office (since I was here on business, after all), and lo and behold, I found deluxe toilet accommodations! The seats were heated and there were all kinds of extra buttons to push. I read 'massage' and 'bidet' and 'shower pressure'; the rest was in Chinese. I was so tempted to push 'massage,' as gross as it actually seemed in a public toilet. I stopped myself. I was afraid of what might happen if I did. Instead I took pictures while everyone else in the Ladies' room watched my camera flash going off in my stall. I think I'd embarrassed myself enough by pushing the button on my camera. I didn't want to risk further embarrassment by pushing the 'massage' button on the toilet.

It's blurry, but I think you can read it.


  1. You're always going to wonder.......

  2. Maybe next time I'll push the 'massage' button. But it just seems weird. :)