Archive for January, 2015

Squat toilets in China – No more

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Would you be willing to have a toilet neighbor?

No more hole in the ground squat toilets: Toilet Revolution underway in China

Toilet Revolution is part of a plan to make the country more tourist-friendly.
To visit a toilet in China is a special experience. Any tourist who has visited the country and seen the chinese squat toilet knows that.
Often there is no door or partition between individual toilets and one has to settle for the traditional “holes in the floor”, which places greater demands on both thigh muscles, flexibility and balance ability than most Westerners are accustomed to.

There you sit squatting and with pants down on hocks, elbow by elbow, while one can see and hear EVERYTHING your neighbor is doing.

It can be an overwhelming experience. It is important not to be too delicate and avoid eye contact with the local Chinese people, if you do not bother to turn a tweets a day of, in the usually private situation.
“There is no toilet paper, no towels, no soap and cold water. And the worst thing is the smell. “
GERMAN TOURISTS IN BEIJING

And it is not relative, as all tourists in China is satisfied with.
– Here are just standing toilets, it is not so pleasant. There is no toilet paper, no towels, no soap and cold water. And the worst thing is the smell, said the two German tourists.
Toilet Revolution on the way
It’s complaints as theirs having made their way up to the top spot, which has obtained Li Zhi, director of China’s Tourism Administration, to announce that a regular toilet revolution is coming. China’s filthy toilets should no longer drag China’s image down.

The entire 33,500 new toilets are on the drawing board, and 25,000 other toilets must have a facelift. By the year 2017, according to China tourism director could boast three-star toilets across the country. The toilets must now be both cleaner and better equipped.
China should be more tourist friendly
The number of tourists has been falling in China in recent years, and toilet revolution is part of a plan to make the country more tourist-friendly.
In 2011 more than 135 million tourists visited China. In 2014 the figure dropped to 128 million.

“The Chinese are smoking, talking on the phone and hear Justin Bieber and other music while they are on the toilet.”

We welcome the Government’s new toilet plan welcome and agree that the best thing about China’s public toilets is that you always have a good story to tell.

No longer shy
– I completely gotten over my shyness. Now I can simply go to a toilet, which is no more than four holes in the ground, and so clear what I should do. The Chinese do not care, and so am I, but for tourists it is a shock.

– I think the ladies toilets must be the worst. There’s just more to pork on a powder room. It is a restroom, so no thinking about doing it nicely to the next, she says.

“It’s western sitting toilets that are dirty. Chinese traditional toilets are much more hygienic. “
CHEN, LIVING IN BEIJING

This is a common sight in China.

Tourists have higher standard
For the two German tourists, Fred and Theresa, it is good news that the government has decided to do something about the toilet facilities in China.
– Tourists are accustomed to a different standard of hygiene and improvements would certainly leave a better impression. It would not be bad if, for example, could wash his hands with soap.
For many locals living in the hutongs, there is little understanding of tourists talk about dirty toilets.
– The western sitting toilets that are dirty. Chinese traditional toilets are much more hygienic, says Chen DR.

What is your opinion?

Great loss of Alibaba’s Jack Ma – no longer the richest in China

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Jack Ma – No longer the richest man in China

Great loss of Alibaba’s Jack Ma – no longer the richest in China

Ecommerce giant Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma is no longer the richest man in China. A price drop for the company’s shares cost him more than a billion dollars.

On Wednesday the Ali Baba shares fell due to missed sales targets. It was expensive for the Chairman Jack Ma, one of the world’s 400 richest people. According to Bloomberg Ma lost $ 1.4 billion at the rate case.

A consequence of Jack Mas exchange loss is that real estate tycoon Wang Jianlin re-run of Ma in the fight for the title of the richest in China. Wang Jianlin has also been a lead of 400 million dollars, equivalent to 3.3 billion.

Jack Mas fortune amounts according to Bloomberg to close to 220 billion. Since the low of Ali Baba in mid-November, his wealth fell by 34 billion.

China prohibits Western values

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

China prohibits Western values?

China’s Education Minister Yuan Guiren has promised to ban textbooks that promote “Western values” in the country’s universities.

– Never let the textbooks that promote Western values appear in our classrooms. Messages that defame leadership within the Communist Party and revile socialism will never be at our universities, he said, according to Xinhua news agency.

In China, the verification of the academic world has intensified recently. Last week announced a Chinese province that it plans to set up surveillance cameras in the classrooms.

In September last year academic Ilham Tohti was sentenced to life imprisonment for separatism, also after surveillance equipment set up in his classroom.