jamiebowen0306 (jamiebowen0306) wrote,

The Chinese and Public Urination

One of the multitude of things that I don't think I'll ever get my head round about China, is that, where I am at least, they seem quite accepting of urination in public.

Now there are 2 types of public urination. Kiddies and adults. Nappies don't seem that popular here. As soon as the kids seem to have any form of bladder or bowl control they whip them out of nappies and put them in trousers with the central stitching missing.

The result is that whenever a kid feels the need to relieve himself (or herself for that matter), he just squats down and lets rip. Does parent take them to a nearby bush? Ummm no. Does the parent get them to pee into a drain? Don't think so. They're more than happy to let the kids urinate all over the area that people wall on. The result is that I can't guarantee that you've not walked in kiddie pee when you're near where I live.

Adult urination isn't quite as brazen as with the kiddies, but again there doesn't seem to be any embarrassment involved in it. They won't pee on the street, but when they need to go, I've seen guys here just stand there and openly pee on a bush or wall with everyone walking past in broad daylight. No shame. No embarrassment. If they need to go, they'll just go tinkle. Openly and in public if need be.

I'm sorry, but I'll never, ever get that,
Tags: a different way of thinking, china, life, public sanitation

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