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.
1 day • CNY 490
A great day out with kids in Beijing, these activities are things we regularly do with our own children living in Beijing. The zoo is a spacious green park with fun exhibitions and even a children's playground. Its a good chance to see panda bears up close without going all the way to Chengdu. All kids love the Toy Market which is next to the Hongqiao Pearl Market so you can see both at...
3 Days • CNY 2,050
An economical and efficient way to see Xi'an and the Terracotta Warriors, you travel from Beijing by overnight train and enjoy your own private no-shopping tour. You are picked up and dropped off at the Xi'an train station by your guide and driver. You save two nights in a hotel by spending nights on the comfortable soft sleeper train, 4 beds per locking compartment. There are a...
Beijing → Xi'an → Beijing
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Beijing → Xi'an → Shanghai
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Shanghai → Chongqing → Yangtze River Cruises → Yichang → Shanghai
This 2-day tour of Zhangjiajie takes in all the highlights, including the Ten Mile Gallery, Tianzi Mountain, and Golden Whip Stream. The route is relatively easy since the uphill routes are replaced with the Bailong Elevator and epic Tianzi Mountain Cable Car. The walking paths of Yuanjiajie and Golden Whip Stream are wide and flat. For more serious hikers, we suggest staying an extra day to...
See the highlights of Lijiang without cutting corners. We give you free time to explore the pedestrian streets of Shuhe and Lijiang to shop and dine. As there are many interesting and accessible cafes and restaurants in Lijiang, we have not included most meals. Its a chance to try some cuisine according to your taste and budget. The cultural shows of the Naxi people are featured in the...
A day of high altitude sport, start the day by playing 18 holes of golf on the highest golf course in the world. The air is so thin you can drive the ball further than normal, which is good because there is a par 5 hole over 800 yards long. After your round of golf you can get lunch in the golf club. We don't include it in the price, you can order and pay for your drinks and meal...
Cloud-shrouded mountains, tranquil lakes, white-washed canal towns, and China's jewel in the east; this is what visitors dream about China. This tour gives you a little bit of nature, a touch of modernity, and a lot of history and culture. Starting and ending in Shanghai, this tour includes the most popular sights of the city. Second, you will visit Hangzhou, home to the majestic West...
Shanghai → Hangzhou → Suzhou → Huangshan → Shanghai
Sichuan and Yunnan offer some of the most diverse experiences you can have in China. The diversity both in landscape and people in the part of China makes for an extremely interesting trip both for first-time visitors and return guests. This tour combines the highlights of both provinces with a focus on nature and culture. Destinations include Sichuan's capital Chengdu, the giant Buddha of...
Chengdu → Kunming → Lijiang → Tiger Leaping Gorge → Lijiang