Big Business: Toilets in China 

What to expect about toilets in China...
Squat toilet
Squat toilet

Squat toilets and modern toilets co-exist peacefully…

If you’re planning a trip to China, be prepared for some interesting toilet experiences! While most modern buildings and apartments now have Western-style toilets, you might still encounter some squatting toilets or outhouse-style toilets, especially in more rural areas or older buildings.

20 years ago, squatting toilets and outhouse-style toilets were the norm in China, and many people were used to the idea of balancing on a small platform while doing their business. However, in recent years, Western-style toilets have become more common, and many apartments and buildings now have Japanese-style toilets with all the bells and whistles. These toilets often have heated seats, bidets, and other features that can make your bathroom experience more comfortable and hygienic.

If you do encounter a squatting toilet or outhouse-style toilet, don’t panic! Just remember to aim carefully and keep your balance. And if you’re really lucky, you might find a Japanese-style toilet with all the trimmings!

Overall, toilet experiences in China can be a bit of a mixed bag, but with a little bit of preparation and a good sense of humor, you’ll be able to navigate them with ease. Just remember to always carry some tissues with you, and you’ll be set!