FACTS: WHEN YOU "POTTY" INSIDE OR OUTSIDE IN CHINA.
From the beginning of my Great Wall adventure, it was clear-- 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 often used the Village’s outside bathroom or latrine. Village after village, I quickly- learned what to expect and how to respond. There were usually three-- sometimes four holes—each dug, by hand---deep, narrow, and scary. The “latrines” were about one foot apart---and looked exactly- like---- narrow, open graves.
Remember—a person must straddle the hole-- to use it properly. WARNING: "STRADDLING" requires excellent balance. It means a person must straddle and squat at the same time!!!!! DO IT RIGHT OR--there's a real possibility of falling into the NASTIEST HOLE FROM HELL!!!
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--- never-failed to follow me, one behind the other, to the “holes” or, as some foreigners call them: “human waste dumps.” The Chinese women would openly-stare, giggle, point, even laugh---each time 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 inside my body??!?!? Clearly, The Chinese women had never see a tampon! Apparently, everything about me looked different, including my body parts, because the women 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 very-large breasts even when they nurse their babies. I learned that Chinese women in the countryside, often-breast feed each baby for as long as five years. Although Chinese women never—publically-- touch men…. 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 important 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, it’s safer to look for better accommodations-- elsewhere.
Privacy is impossible when bathrooming in China's public toilets--whether inside or outside. If a person seeks a little privacy in the countryside, one should search for a cluster of bushes, or a clump of leafy trees. Don’t forget to always have toilet paper handy and, if possible, antibacterial hand wipes. There won’t be any running water for "before-or-after."
And Now—I’ll give you a little EXTRA information--- simply because I can’t “contain” myself. THIS IS A “FIRST-EVER- REVELATION” from me to you! After viewing countless human sewage holes--over so many years—and for so many miles across China---I consider myself somewhat of a OTC—an Outdoor Toilet Connoisseur.
And So---for what it’s worth-- I will share my personal opinion: Almost All Chinese are small-framed, tiny-boned, and extremely-thin YET--- they produce gigantic bowel movements. In fact—the Chinese have the biggest "Poops" I’ve seen-- in my lifetime! I apologize for my frankness but---I believe in sharing my observations.
And-- Medical Studies show-- Colon/Rectal Cancer is basically "non-existent" among the Chinese People.