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 350
This one day tour is ideal for those who have just one day and want to see the major sights. This is a lot of monuments in one day, and I only recommend it if you only have this one day to see the sights. Otherwise a more leisurely two day itinerary is better. We can customize this tour with airport transfers, hotel or other activities to suit your needs.
2 Days • CNY 970
This tour in our opinion is the best way to see Suzhou and Tongli, taking your time and spending a night in Suzhou. Your tour starts and ends at your hotel in Shanghai. On the first morning we drive to Tongli, stroll the canals and have a boat ride. After lunch on the canal we will drive to Suzhou where you will visit the Lingering Garden, one of Suzhou's most famous and popular...
Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
3 Days • CNY 1,840
Pingyao is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its walled city remains completely intact and is an oasis of history in the countryside. It can be reached from Beijing by fast train to Taiyuan, then its another two hour drive to the old town of Pingyao. Inside the walled city much of the area is pedestrianized, so it is pleasant to stroll the old style streets. All the accommodation is in nice,...
Beijing → Taiyuan → Pingyao → Taiyuan → Beijing
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Beijing → Xi'an → Chongqing → Yangtze River Cruises → Yichang → Shanghai
A great tour for its variety of activities, you start off by taking the bullet train from Beijing. Along the way you experience classes in kungfu, making noodles by hand, tai chi on the old Xi'an city wall and making pottery at a special museum. A variety of temples show the history of these rich destinations. This itinerary and accommodation can be adjusted according to your...
Beijing → Luoyang → Xi'an
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Huangshan → Huizhou Villages → Huangshan
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Shanghai → Huangshan → Shanghai
Travel from Beijing to Luoyang and back in first class on the new high speed train line, surpassing 300 kph. Much more fun, spacious and reliable than flying. On arrival we take you straight to check into your theme suite at Christian's hotel. We can discuss the options for your itinerary, hotel and meals. Have a look at some of the hotel room photos by clicking on the hotel name.
Beijing → Luoyang → Beijing