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This is not the worst toilet in China

I have visited China many times years ago.

When I was young, I could tolerate the kind of toilets in the countryside of China.

I liked to visit those off-the-beaten track places where we could see perfectly scenic places without crowd of tourists around.

The problem is always the toilet.

It is bad enough to have no flush in the toilet, and it is bad enough to have squatting toilet where your waste goes into the hole.

The worst is that the waste stays in the hole, and the stink spreads for miles.

In those days, there were no smartphones, so I could not take a video to show all of you.

Take a look at this video in Youtube. I assume you that this is one of the better ones. I have visited several much worse than this.

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bestwriter wrote on June 24, 2015, 8:52 AM

Oh no scheng1 ! This is not something I would want to know!!!

Dawnwriter wrote on June 24, 2015, 9:15 AM

We take so many things for granted like a running tap or a toilet to flush away the waste. Life is so tough for billions of people on planet earth.

LeaPea2417 wrote on June 24, 2015, 12:01 PM

I don't think I could survive with out a proper toilet. I guess I am spoiled but I have to have a proper toilet with a proper toilet seat to sit upon that flushes.

msiduri wrote on June 24, 2015, 12:43 PM

I'm kind of surprised that the waste is left to open air. My grandparents had an outhouse (for when the plumbing failed) and at least the waste was left in the ground. As for toilet paper, LeaPea2417 , well, that what back issues of the Sears catalogue were for. Waste not want not, ya know.

But to be serious, safe clean running water and sanitation is something to be grateful for.

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MelissaE wrote on June 24, 2015, 10:19 PM

While visiting the rural areas of Vietnam, I saw some bad toilet situations.

AliCanary wrote on June 27, 2015, 11:52 AM

Japan has squat toilets, as well, although the ones inside buildings do flush, and people usually have sitting toilets in their houses. But the thing that weirds me out is that there is NO toilet paper in public toilets--you have to take your own, which is why there are always people handing out little packs of tissue on the street!

Shellyann36 wrote on July 5, 2015, 4:28 AM

Certain older members of my family had out houses long after indoor plumbing became popular and less expensive. I remember as a child that they don't smell very good at all. I think I will refrain from looking at the link. It is way too early to be grossed out this morning.

Paulie wrote on July 5, 2015, 9:16 AM

Yes, I have lived in homes which had squat toilets in Taiwan in the 1970s. In Thailand there are a lot of squat toilets in the rural areas, but next to the hole in the ground there is a big vat of water that you can ladle out to flush away your waste and also clean yourself.

peachpurple wrote on July 8, 2015, 9:36 AM

No thanks scheng1, i just lost my appetite for the maggie mee