Here's the deal - these are not as hard to use as it might first seem. In fact, many would argue that the benefits of this type of toilet far outweigh our Western style. I remain unconvinced, but I'm a product of that West. My travel mates and I observed that when given a chance, the Asian women always chose the squat pot over the sit style. Read more about squatty potties here, including the benefits.
If you've never had the pleasure, here are some tips. I welcome yours, as well!
- Roll up pants before entering stall. (The floors are often wet from flushing over-spray.)
- Get used to an aroma and deal with it. Just deal with it.
- Always have tissue on your person, in your pocket is best in case you leave your bag with a friend. Most Chinese public rest rooms do not have TP.
- Hand sanitizer and/or wipes are invaluable. When packing, leave behind clothing to make room for these. They are not easily found in China, so bring plenty.
- There are a few techniques that can be put to use to navigate the squat pot. Google it.
- Privacy means something very different in China. When you've really got to go, and all that's available is a communal (no stall) situation, use it. Again, just deal with it. No one is watching you; they're all trying to be as discreet as possible.
Feeling brave, I go back in and push the button. It makes a sound like a flushing toilet. I'll let you figure out the rest. Indeed!
OK, this may be my most off-topic post on this tea blog yet...but not to fear, I'll tie it together. When on a tea tour and drinking as much tea as possible, one must frequent the bathroom. There you have it. Happy weekend!
Do you have a squatty potty story to share?