WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU "POTTY"--OUTSIDE--IN CHINA.
From the beginning of my Great Wall adventure, it was clear that nature’s call would not offer any of the comforts of a traditional inside bathroom. While searching remote villages for water and Chinese peanuts—my survival “fuel”--- I would often use the village’s outside bathroom or latrine. Village after village, I quickly- learned what to expect.
There were usually three, sometimes four holes— dug narrow and deep---about a foot apart---much-like open graves. Remember. Each hole must be straddled to be used and a person must have excellent balance....to keep from "falling in"!!!
I noticed the Chinese men were very respectful and turned away when they saw me go toward the outdoor holes. Traditionally, Chinese men are shy and apparently frightened of a stranger.
But Chinese women have an amazing curiosity and they never-failed to follow me… one behind the other… to the “holes” or “human waste dumps”. The Chinese women would openly-stare--- giggling, pointing, and laughing---as I pulled down my running tights.
I still remember the loud gasps when, in one village, the women saw me remove a tampon. These country women from the farthest regions of north China must have thought I was a magician! What was this thing I pulled by a string-- from my body??!?!? Clearly, The Chinese women had never see a tampon!
I suppose everything about me was different because they kept directing their fingers toward various parts of my anatomy, whispering, and, leaning closer, wanting to touch me everywhere, especially my breasts! The majority of Chinese women don’t have large breasts even when they nurse their babies. Women in the countryside often nurse each baby for as long as five years.
Although Chinese women never—publically-- touch men…. it seems they think nothing of touching each other. Because of my light skin, my strange outfit, and being so tall….several older Chinese women bravely reached out to touch me….ever-so-slightly!
Some facts I learned from my many treks to outdoor toilets in China. First, the user is responsible for wiping paper. Second, when the outside toilet-holes are full and running over, its wiser and safer to look for new accommodations…. elsewhere.
Privacy is unheard of at the outdoor toilets so one must search for a cluster of bushes, or a clump of leafy trees to be alone. Don’t forget to have toilet paper handy and, if possible, antibacterial hand wipes. There won’t be any running water for "before-or-after" hand-washing!
And Now—I’ll give you a little EXTRA information--- simply because I can’t “contain” myself! After viewing countless human sewage holes---over so many years and so many miles in China---I consider myself somewhat of a TC--- or Toilet Connoisseur.
For what it’s worth-- I will share my personal observation: Almost All Chinese are small-framed, tiny-boned, and extremely-thin...YET they produce gigantic bowel movements….the biggest "Poops" I’ve EVER seen! Sorry... but I had to share what I kept seeing...over and over!
And, Medically-Speaking.... Colon AND Rectal Cancer is unheard of among the Chinese People.