Abhorred my many foreigners, this toilet forces you to squat down when going number two, greatly reducing the comfort of your bathroom visit. As it turns out, the chair-like toilet that is so now ubiquitous in most of the Western world was actually the domain of the rich and powerful before the midth century. The earliest toilets date back to Ancient Egypt. Wealthy Egyptians used toilets with seats made of limestone. Others would typically sit on a wooden stool with a hole in it. Luckily, they took initiative and placed a container filled with sand underneath the stool, and they would empty it after every discharge.
Squatting on toilet seat (this is a bit gross, sor - Airbnb Community
I live near Yellowstone National Park and have noticed that every bathroom has a sign graphically advising all users to NOT squat on the toilet seat, but to sit directly on it or slightly hover over it if one does not want any contact with it. I didn't understand this at first, but clearly there are cultures in which squatting on the toilet is normal. Does anyone know if this is specific to China or are there other countries and cultures where this is a normal practice? I am considering putting up a sign, like the one I saw in Yellowstone, on the underside of my toilet lid when I have guests from China or other countries where squatting on a toilet seat is a normal practice. If I were a traveller and was doing something that created problems for my host, I would certainly want to know about it and would appreciate respectful guidance. My home country do paste note to remind public not to squat on toilet seat. So you may do that if you want.
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By Greg Rodgers. The squat toilets in Asia aren't the most glamorous of subjects to cover, but you're bound to encounter one or more while traveling in Asia. Many Western travelers try to avoid them but eventually have to face their fears. Knowing a little about what to expect — and how to use a squat toilet properly — helps alleviate some of the dread. Most hotels that cater to foreign tourists now having sit-down style toilets for guests, but you'll probably end up having to use a squat toilet at some point during your time in Asia.