That said you can come across some primitive situations. You should carry tissues with you as free toilet paper is not the norm outside five star hotels. When you are on the road if you can ask your guide to keep a lookout for good toilets then they can usually find you a good option. Many public toilets have western style as well as squat style.
Chinese toilets are normally the squat style, which do take some getting used to but on the other hand you don't touch anything, so generally I don't mind them. Hotels all have western toilets now so you can rest assured in your own private room you will have a throne to relax on.
You will want to know how to recognize which toilet is for your sex and how to read the characters "public toilet". You don't have to be able to read Chinese - it is pattern recognition. Stare at the male and female a while, or copy them repeatedly on paper. Carry them with you and look at them while waiting in a line.
"Gong cuo" literally translates as "public toilet". You might see it on a sign post at an intersection or the side of a bathroom looking building. There are actually plenty of public toilets in Beijing if you keep your eyes open.
It also helps to be able to ask
Toilets in China vary greatly, which is probably why the government has started rating them with stars and handing out awards. I've never seen any awarded less than 3 stars - one and two star toilets don't seem to get labeled.
Jinshanling village, located at the foot of the great wall, is a hidden gems. A small village 2 hours outside Beijing, you can stay in the local hotel. While Jinshanling does get many visitors from Beijing during the day, in the late afternoon and early morning you have the wall mainly to yourself. You can watch the sunset and then get up early if you wish to watch the sunrise. The hike to...
We have crafted this tour for those who have just one day to see the best of Shanghai. We start off with the old side of Shanghai visiting the Jade Buddha Temple to see modern religion in China. Then to Yuyuan Garden where you can see a classical Chinese garden. Nanjing road is a wide pedestrian shopping district which connects to The Bund, a row of historic bank buildings along the river. ...
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Zhujiajiao is the closest and most touristed water town near Shanghai. A good choice if you don't have a lot of time. It includes a canal boat ride and you get a chance to stroll the streets of the village. But if you do want to make a longer day of it we would recommend our Tongli Water Town / Suzhou one day tour from Shanghai, or our Two Water Towns in one day tour.
Shanghai → Zhujiajiao → Shanghai
Hong Kong is a unique Chinese city, part of the British empire for 99 years and then handed back to China like a gift in 1997. While officially part of China, it is still "one country, two systems" which helps preserve its unique culture. Our one day tour is arrange to show you the most of Hong Kong you can see in a single day. If there are other sites you would like to see we can add a...
This classic and popular China tour can be a great experience when well done. We give you our guides who are vetted by our American staff and don't surprise you with unscheduled shopping stops taking time out of your day and expecting to make an extra buck in commissions. If you are asking why our price is not the lowest then you should consider the extra expenses you might find in our...
Beijing → Xi'an → Shanghai
For those who need a serious break from the city, this hiking and hot spring tour is just what the doctor ordered. Spend the day hiking at Jinshanling Great Wall, followed by an relaxing evening at the 5-star Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort. Sample the diverse array of pools at Chunhuiyuan late into the night before returning to the city the next morning.
This Yunnan tour includes the best of Kunming and Lijiang, as well as a day trip to Shaxi village. The route is great for those who want a taste of Yunnan with a bit of comfort. Friendly, interesting guides, reliable drivers, and quality meals are all part of the experience. Often overlooked by tourists, Kunming has its fair share of interesting sights which are easily covered in two days. No...
Kunming → Lijiang → Shaxi → Lijiang
Get a taste of urban China by visiting its two most important cities, Beijing and Shanghai. You will experience some of the world's most modern trains, riding the bullet train between Beijing and Shanghai as well as taking the Maglev train to the Shanghai airport at the end of your trip, which is the fastest commercial train in the world. This itinerary can be customized with side trips...
Beijing → Shanghai
This tour takes you to all the highlights of Guangzhou. In two days, you will explore some of Guangzhou's most important historical sites, including ancient sites such as the Nanyue King Mausoleum. You will learn about Guagnzhou's role as one of the regions most important trading hubs while exploring the Guangzhou City History Museum and the Western-style trading settlement on Shamian...
For history buffs, Qufu makes for an excellent day trip from Beijing. The bullet train takes about two hours leaving you most of the day to explore the three major city sites: the Confucius Temple, Confucius Mansion, and Confucius Forest.
Beijing → Qufu → Beijing