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Here are some facts and interesting information about China and living in China and some peculiarities of the native ones.

Toilets

A few travellers tried to eat no more (for a short time), so that they don't have to use the Chinese toilets any longer. Unfortunately you must learn to deal with it (or your China journey will be really short). Public toilets are not the most beautiful places in China. Normally toilets are holes in the ground or a channel where you squat down. Some have no flushing while others are flushed with a bucket of water. You find such toilets mainly at the railway station or in the side streets of the cities. The use of a toilet costs money (1 or 2 Jiao). Some of them have very low partition walls (without doors of course) and some have none. Toilet paper isn't available at any toilet. So you should take some toilet paper with you at any time. Even in hotels you search sometimes in vain. Although it takes some time to hold the balance over the channel, you don't need to think about the toilet seat if it is clean. Tourist hotels have European "toilets". That is pure luxury, which you' ll appreciate very soon. There is still the topic: What will you do with used toilet paper? Most Chinese say you have to throw it in the garbage. The sewage system of many hotels is overtaxed with toilet paper.

Chinese Toilet

Laowai!

If you leave the metropolises such as Guangzhou, Shanghai or Beijing, you will hear frequently the utterance "laowai" or alternatively "hello, laowai, hello". It is very common that you get to hear this words a several dozen times per day. Lao means "old" in Chinese and witnesses respect. Wai means outside. Together this results in the most polite word for "foreigners". Sometimes you will be able to hear also a breath of irony in the voice of the Chinese, but it is mostly an expression of surprise. You should not be annoyed. If you answer with a friendly "hello", the Chinese will burst into hysterical laughter.

Spitting

When foreigners go to China for the first time, many are shocked of the frequent spitting, which is practiced everywhere loudly by everyone. In the large cities it could be successfully reduced, however at rural areas it is still a sport. Due to the fact that it is very unpleasant to step in a bus with 50 people, who all suddenly feel the desire spitting at the floor at the same time, influenza or other illnesses could be spreaded over the country.

Queues

Forget queues, people in China do not form a queue but a wild pushing crowd of crying people. This is one of the most strenous parts of your journey in China. Best thing is taking a deep breath and crashing into the crowd.

Beggar

In large cities beggars often turn to foreigners begging for money. Therefore they are often found in areas, in which the tourists frequently travel. The children, from an adult incited to beg, are very persistant. You must remove them with a stick, if they glue to your pants.

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