Monday, November 23, 2009

Toilet post#32

I exclaimed it in my earlier post on South West China (near Chengdu ) and now I'll reiterate my statement LOUDLY. My toilet experience in China is 2 thumbs 2 big toes and 1 bum up. *slap bum for effect*

And there we were. July 2009. With clothes weighed down in several coats of sweat. Popping in and out of historical tourists spots within and around the famed walled city of Xi’an. All with seasonal entrance fees, no less. Surprisingly although there were healthy flow of sticky rivers from our pores, there were still plenty leftover from the gallons of fluid we drank which made toilet visits a frequent activity. No complaints from me as these places of relief were all equipped with cool air-conditioning systems. Yay!Xi'an the ancient walled city has many interesting sites but one can only take so many scenic spots standing under the relentless summer heat. As for the shoving crowds, don't even make me go there.Best spot to catch your breath and patience, a well hidden restroom. Not meant to say it's exclusive for special members or need the ability to solve certain secret codes. Most visitors to the touristy spots come in groups with limited visiting time before they are bussed to cover another spot in their itineries, so they are lean on toilet breaks which means rushing in and out at the first toilet they come across. Visitors like us (semi-backpackers) have all the time to seek out further and quieter outlets. Ahh the comforts we chanced upon.
Ahhhh....

12 comments:

Lianne said...

Malaysia should learn. I hate to walk into a wet toilet, yucksss.

babe_kl said...

really put msian toilets to shame!

Life for Beginners said...

Royal touristy Chinese toilets! To stick up a lil for Malaysia, the new ones at rest stops along the KL-Seremban highway are actually quite okay with a permanent cleaning staff around. :)

backStreetGluttons said...

Chinese tourists spots are sensitive to these kind of Top 2 requirements and so we give the thumbs up too.
Where those early descendents of Xian who went East in search of Gold the modern Japanese are very clean and neat people nowsdays.

thenomadGourmand said...

wahh..china came a long way wei!

UnkaLeong said...

Wah...a throne room fit for a king!

Tummythoz said...

Lianne, you've said it.

Everybody, excuse me. Need to flush some cold water here. Forgot to mention the major downside. Soiled toilet paper is to be disposed of in waste paper baskets instead of being flushed away (like here in M'sia). So if the staff on duty isn't vigilant enough, oh the smell(S)!

Life for Beginners, yup. The new toilets along the NSE are exemplary. Hope the level of maintenance lasts.

sc said...

hope the toilets are clean when i visit china this year end...since so cold..maybe everything is frozen :p

Tummythoz said...

sc, hope you get heated seats & be careful slippery ice on floor.
=D

CUMI & CIKI said...

i didn't think id hear the day i said this but.. cool toilet :P

worldwindows said...

Toilet revolution, they are catching up in a hurry. The last 5 years have been great years toilety speaking. I had worst experiences under my felt (tongue in cheek) since I started going to China in 1995.

Tummythoz said...

Cumi&ciki, =D

worldwindows, sadly can still spot deviants who 'pui-pui' & 'sh-sh' here & there.

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