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 650
Visiting the Terracotta Warriors, Qinshihuang's Tomb, the Huaqing Hotsprings and Banpo Ancient Village you will see a huge amount of archaeology in one day. Our no-shopping tour gives you only time seeing the sights and no surprise side-trips to overpriced factories. We can customize this tour itinerary for you and can add a hotel, train or plane tickets.
1 day • CNY 3,530
This tour takes you from Beijing to Xi'an and back to Beijing in one long day. If you are short on time then this tour is for you. If you have more time then we recommend at least one night in Xi'an. Let us know if you would like this itinerary customized.
Beijing → Xi'an → Beijing
1 day • CNY 400
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
3 Days • CNY 1,470
This tour takes you on a two night outing to Suzhou with a stop on the way to see the fantastic water town of Tongli. See ancient China on this historic route through its canals and old towns. Rather than rush and try to see too much in a short time, this trip takes in all the major and a few minor sights and a comfortable pace. You have time to relax and are not rushed. You can actually...
Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
1 day • CNY 640
This tour begins and ends at your hotel in Shanghai. Taking in two of Shanghai's most picturesque water towns, you will see a lot of "old China" in one day outside the modern metropolis of Shanghai. Zhouzhuang is one of the largest and most authentic water towns. While there you will experience a canal cruise, which is a relaxing way to drift along, take in the scenery and snap...
Shanghai → Water Towns → Shanghai
Departing and returning Guilin in the same day, you will hike about 45 minutes to Tiantouzhai village. On arrival you have a break for lunch with free time to explore the village. You may then hike around the area before returning to the Dahzhai parking area and driving back to Guilin. If you prefer to stay overnight then check our two day Tiantouzhai tour which lets you explore the area at...
Guilin → Longsheng Rice Terraces → Guilin
Travel up and down Emei Shan mountain in one day, departing and returning to your hotel outside the park. While this makes for a long day, it is what most people do. You depart from the bus station in the village and drive over an hour to the end of the bus line, where you then walk to the cable car station, about 1 hour to cover the 2 miles. The path is generally crowded which will limit...
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...
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
On this epic journey you spend a night in a permanent tent camp at Mount Everest Base Camp. Imagine the climbers who have slept in the same location staging their journey to the top of the world's highest peak, rising before dawn to begin their climb. Along the way you have time on the road to see other sights outside Lhasa. Samye Monastery and Shigatse are two of the points you will...
Beijing → Tibet / Lhasa → Tsedang → Gyantse → Shigatse → Mount Everest Base Camp → Shigatse → Tibet / Lhasa