Monday, September 26, 2005

Modern Toilet in China

These 2 pictures were taken during Chinese Lunar New Year this year. In the place where most people in Shang-hai like to go. Yes, people's square. Why they like to go to this place? Simple. Because there are museum, city hall, music hall, resturants and so on. Is that so simple? NO. People's square is the stop for people to change subway line 1 to subway line 2. That's the reason. People who live in the western part of shang-hai & want to go to eastern part of shang-hai need to change subway line at this stop.

Why they need to go to eastern part of Shang-hai? International airport is located in eastern part of shang-hai. High-tech industrial park is also located in eastern part of Shang-hai. There are less people live in eastern part of shang-hai. Because this area is a new area for people to live. According to my brother in law's talk, this area (po-dong, means eastern part of shang-hai) is designed by a Frenchman. Well, it really seems like Paris. I mean, buildings & roads.

Po-dong is the name of eastern part shang-hai in Chinese. Po is the short name of shang-hai in Chinese. Dong means eastern part or east in Chinese.

So, back to my toilet topic again. What written on these 2 pictures? Those are Chinese characters. The meaning of those words is you need to put 1 dollar( 1 RMB, equals to 4 NTD) into it. Then you can stay in that toilet for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, the door will open by itself. mm, I do really want to see what will be happened after 20 minutes. *_^ !!

I know there are so many this kind of toilet in Europe, along streets. In Paris, or other cities. mm, right? So, there are also mordern toilets in China. (Can I get my visa to China? *_^ !!)

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Umbrella does not work

Today is my birthday, happy birthday to myself. Ok, enough. Back to my topic. Why umbrella doesn't work in China? Here we are not talking about the most fuction you know of umbrella. We are taking about function of umbrella related with toilet in China. Why umbrella related with toilet?
Remember that? No doors in toilet in small viliages. So, you need to open your umbrella, let your umbrella "fact out " in front of you. So, no body can see you while you are "in" toilet. Do you know this , now?
This is wrong. Do not open your umbrella in such toilet I posted before. Cause, local peole, yes, citizens of people's republic of China, Chinese, they will come to "SEE" what is under umbrella. So, many people will come to see you while you are in toilet. Just because your umbrella.
People in mainland China are used to accept that . I mean, " NO DOORS IN TOILET." SO, it's not strange for them to go scuh toilet. They do not really "see" you. They only see "empty place" for them to go to toilet. If you open your umbrella, they maybe want to see "what is inside" . ^_* !!!

Why should I say this? Cause I watched a TV program in China. People who know me all know this. I like to watch TV. That TV program is related with a murder case. Mother & Father in law killed their daughter in law & let her head & body in different places. When the police came to that place, there were already many people. How can police do their business? So, one police officer asked the leader of that small village to let people leave that place. Do you know what that leader said to the officer?

" I can not do this. We are in a small village. People did not see murder before. They all can here to see it. They are all very curious about this. " Yes, that's what I want to to say. "Curious". If you open your umbrella in such toilet, local people will want to "See" you. Curious, of course. I have a better luck. I am Chinese, too. Chinese born in Taiwan. If I didn't speak, they usually can not know. Maybe they will think that I come from some big cities. But, for western people, you do not have better luck. Cause, they can tell you from local people easily. By skin color. So easy, right?

The best way for you to go to such toilet is behave like a local people. By the way, do not wear long paints or long skirts. Why? remember that? shits maybe on the ground. Maybe in some very local toilet. My mother didn't want me to take a picture of that. Too dirty. I went to this kind of toilet twice. Once, I went. Cause I still can find a way to go. The other time, I didn't. Cause, "Shits everywhere on the road". How can I find the way to enter the toilet? Shits are full.

You still can wear long skirts or open your umbrella when you want to go to toilet in China. But, not in toilet. In grass. There are no toilets in some places. You need to find a place
to "go" by yourself. In that kind of places, you really need long & big skirts & umbrella.

I can not talk too much about toilet in China. I STILL NEED TO APPLY MY VISA TO China. ^_* !!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Toilet Topic Again-2

This one is the same as last one. Toilet in tibet temple. These walls are higher than those in 1st picture. So, you can not play cards with your friends who go to toilet next to you. Maybe you can not have a chat with your friend next to you, face to face, either. *_^ !!

Toilet in China ( "modern" one)

This toilet is more "modern". This one was taken in a famous tibet temple in yovnan. The small metal spot on the wall is the button for you to clean your "waste".

Do you know how to go? Yes, face out. No door, of course. But, in this toilet, there is water. You can push the button on the wall. Yes, that very small metal spot in the picture. So, in this kind of toilet, no shit smell. It's clearier. There is also another kind of toilet in the very courtryside place. I did not take pictures. CAUSE, I CAN NOT GO INTO THAT KIND OF TOILET. Shit everwhere near the door of that kind toilet. How can I go? It's really very strange. How do local people go? Maybe they have a good way to cross over shits.

Usually, this kind of very local & old toilet are in very small viliages. "public toilet", mm, maybe. So, next time when you have a chance to drive along a road in small countries in mainland China, remember to find "public toilet". Then you can see this very localized toilet in person.

Wish you have a good luck to go to that kind of toilets. That means :" Do not take others' shits back with you on your shoes" :)

Toilet in China

This one is for woman, not for man. No doors, of course. You do not see something wrong. You don't need to feel strange. There are many toilets like this in countryside or small viliage in mainland China.

There are enough places for 3 persons to go to toilet at the same time. Funny? yes. To taiwanese, mm, yes, funny & interesting. I didn't see such toilet before. When the first time I went to mainland China, mm, I didn't want to go to toilet outside my hotels or big cities. Last time I went to China, I forgot to take some pictures. This time, "toilet in China" is the first thing I need to take picture with. Well, for me, this kind of toilet is not so comfortable, but, I still can go. Cause, "it's need to hurry to go to toilet." But, for western people? can they go? I do not know. In fact, I saw western people went to toilet in small viliages in mainland China. But, what is their first reaction? Do they know how to go? No one tell me before.

I can give you the correct answer. You need to face to outside, not to the wall. How can I know this? Cause I saw a old woman done this. "SHE WAS NEXT TO ME" . She faced outside. She is local people, not like me. I am a tourist in mainland China, remember?

When the first time I went to China with my 2 roommates in Chinese lunar new year. That was the very first time for me to see a toilet like this. "HOW CAN I GO?" "FACE OUT OR FACE TO WALL"?? If I face to wall, then my ass will face out. People who go to toilet after me can see my ass. So, I chosed to face out. But, half of my friends said: "Of course you need to face to wall. Cause, everybody's ass is all the same. The only different is people's faces. So, if you do not want people to know you are "in" the toilet, you need to face to the wall." Agree with this?

Face out or face to the wall? Does not matter. The only thing really is a matter is need to hurry to go to toilet. Otherwise, "YOU WILL HAVE A WET PAINTS." ~~~~ :)

Oh, forget to tell you one thing about that toilet. No water. So, you can see "shit" made by earlier people. Of couse, shit smell & flies.