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Q: Pooping & Peeing in the streets? NO Public Restrooms?

Seriously? Is this really an issue in China? How bad is it? I'd be mortified if I was walking down the street and someone yanked down their pants and did their business in front of me. And then, while they squatted, I'd probably blow chunks on their shoes because of the smell.

In all the research I've been doing, this is really the first mention of it I've seen. Is it more in the small villages/countryside, or in the bigger cities like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghi, etc.

3 years 3 weeks ago in  General  - China

 
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It's almost always kids and the occasional drunk guy. If you go out for a bit you're likely to see it at least once a day in the big cities. Just do yourself a favor and always watch where you walk. I have nightmares about tracking human poop into my house.

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Pooping & Peeing in the streets is a countryside thing... even when they come to the cities and its parents helping their kids, no adults do it (well i never saw). There are many public toilets, if i need one i use KFC or Mc Donald. Its pure laziness that parents use the streets.

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This is normal once you get used to seeing it it's no big deal

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as much as you hate america fritze why are you using american companies to relieve yourself why dont u do what they do in your coutry use the streets

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adults do it too i've seen it many times in hohhot (men and women) and a few times in beijing was just men

in nanchang last week i saw a naked guy late 20s early 30s showering naked near the city center under water gripping from the building fully naked, talk about sick behavior

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Yes it's done here pretty regularly. Also for the record... Panda's aren't all that special... They're a glorified racoon.

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It's almost always kids and the occasional drunk guy. If you go out for a bit you're likely to see it at least once a day in the big cities. Just do yourself a favor and always watch where you walk. I have nightmares about tracking human poop into my house.

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I would be a lot more worried about the dogshit and stepping in it. It is very fashionable to have a pet dog in China and almost no one cleans up their crap.

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It happens in the big cities too, but not as often. It's gross and foreigners don't like it (including me) but It's culturally accepted here so you have to deal with it.

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yeah never seen an adult pee or poo in the street beyond just a drunk guy pissing in an alley, but that happens anywhere. The kids on the other hand, drives me insane. Here in Liuzhou you see kids peeing everywhere, even in the city center.

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i really don't understand why are they not using public toilets. in a Big city like Chengdu, Beijing or shanghai its very easy to find public toilets. i was shocked to see an incident which happened in the Chengdu metro. One granny was helping a kid to pee inside the Subway train and every one was watching at this. i really felt sorry for whole Chinese after seeing that..

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I have seen mostly children and Taxi drivers do this the most.
We always say always watch where you step LOL

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public restrooms are not enough in china. that's the reason.

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I have been in Daqing for 6 months now after over 5 years in Harbin. The difference regarding this topic is like night and day. Here I rarely see it, may be because of the cold weather for now. Of course, cab drivers will freely relieve themselves in any Chinese city, we all know that .Further updates after the Spring Festival. lol

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Most of Chinese doing this are thosewho are from countryside (now maybe living in big city or medium city), their ancestor have been living  thousands of years on their lands. They feel a close and comfortable relationship with the nature, the air, the plants, and the people. They just dont know modern life means toliets, hiding the body from public (like Greece ancestor), etc...Particulary in some olddies mind it's healthy for kids not to hold the pee.

No, not many of them are doing it AT ALL nowadays, but if you will stay in the countryside, you might be see it more.  I guess you are from countryside too, so it's better to stay in a similar enviroment for you.

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I see this multiple times per day IN SHANGHAI.  People need to go, they just go whereever they need to. 

Men, and especially taxi drivers, are the biggest culprits, but I've seen mothers holding their babies over wastebins and dustpans (or just in the asile) in Carrefour, women on the streets, etc.

Everyone Chinese likes to say it's uneducated people from the countryside but that's a load of crap. 

Everywhere I have been in China this happens.  Doesn't matter if it's a first tier or no tier city. Peeing, pooping, and littering everywhere is prevalent.  I've seen a well dressed Shanghainese couple hanging their precious snowflake over a garbage can in IKEA.

Best yet, I saw a guy peeing on the side of a building.  It was a public restroom.

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I figured the answer out... I know WHY it's acceptable. 

 

See... I learned the chinese word for street (or road or something). Loo.

 

The British influenced it, I'm sure. They call their toilets Loo.

 

Sooooooo it's more than obvious that when the first British explorer traveled along the silk road... he got a little lost, had to drop a load, asked for the loo, and some Chinese honey showed him the road. He assumed he was to do his business on the road, the Chinese watched, mortified at first, but when they considered the convenience... and the rest is history. See... yall think the Chinese are nasty. It's really those funny sounding Brits that have no manners!

 

 

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Actually, they sometimes do have public restrooms but they charge!  I did not know about it, so i walked right in to the mens room and this older "ayi" follows me inside screaming at the top of her lungs in a Sichuan dialect.  I had already "started"  so my hands were full at the moment and did not understand what she was saying. In fact, for a moment I though I had entered the ladies room except that there was another guy using the facility as well.

Anyway, she is yelling and poking my shoulder with her hand, hard. I am not understanding anything, just saying "ok ok, wait a moment, ok".

Just as I was reaching the end of my patience and SERIOUSLY thinking about turning around and finishing on her when my tour guide came in as well and then she told me that I had to pay and I said "ok, I will, just tell this crazy old lady to stop shaking me!".

Then THEY got into a fight, because the old hag wanted to charge me 5 yuan and my guide insisted in 2 mao.

By then I was done and I just gave the old bad 5 mao and left.

From that point of view, I fully understand peeing in public. Not sure about pooping however...

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A big patch of grass is a open invitation as if it had a sign over it as "Toilet"  for a group of school kids to pee or any youngster.

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Lately I've seen it too often. Now that its warm,the small restaurants have tables and chairs out on the sidewalks and they don't have washrooms. The other day I was driving my scooter, stopped to look at my GPS and a little girl came to the curb to pee,I had to lift my foot.  I saw a guy dropping a deuce in the middle of the road one night. I haven't seen any women pee yet. 

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Wish i had my camera on me yesterday. Was walking around with the wife around Houhai area and busloads of mainland tourists where everywhere along with the backpackers. Any way I see a little girl maybe 3 years old and her dad was holding her up on the side of the road so she could piss and right behind them was a public restroom went to the wife and straight away said WTF there is a toilet right behind why wont they use it? She said since she was with the dad it might be rude to walk in the womans toilet with the little girl to do her business. So i said its ok for the millions of people to see her pee on the street? then the wife said T.I.C

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lmao i got a ticket once for throwing my cig on the ground 10 rmb while their was a shit load of garbage on the street 20 minutes later in kfc standing in line this boy squats and pisses on the floor i just turned and lekt could not believe it and mommy saying good boy un f real

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i feel really bad about this, so ashamed, but i also seen few foreigners done it too.

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The streets are one thing...inside stores is another.  Last night, a guy and his young son were in front of me waiting for the cashier at the local supermarket.  They exchange some words...and then little kid just squats right there.  I changed to another line before the golden puddle could reach my feet....yeah, he was that close.  I could have patted him on the head "good job" if I wanted to.  Ugh, back to civilization in 7 days....time for the reset button Tongue

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I have seen 4 adults in different cities doing the full business in the street. Observed one gent in Wuhan had the runs and could wait so emptied the load in the middle of the road.

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I watched a couple have their child urinate on the floor in an up-scale shopping mall in Shenzhen. Not off in some corner, middle of the traffic area.

Let the flaming begin. Let the deportation begin. Fact is Chinese are less-than-civilised. The longer you are here, the more you will come to understand what I am saying.

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