Communal Toilet

Chinese public toilets truly exemplify the word “public”. Going to pee has never been more public than when there are no doors on the stalls, and only a short wall divides you from your neighbour as your pee splashes jovially together into a communal trough. In Chinese 公共 “gonggong” breaks down to mean “general/public” and “share/common”, so perhaps “communal” toilet would be a more apt name for the place where comrades share their water-passing.

It’s not like it’s dirty. The floors are scrubbed clean, the trough is streaming with clear water…It was certainly up to Beijing hygiene standards: not one fly was in sight!

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Diary, Portraits and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s