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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080319/lf_afp/lifestyleoly2008chntoiletsoffbeat

Sit-down protests trigger Beijing bathroom renovation

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese Olympic organisers are rushing to renovate bathrooms at flagship Olympic venues after complaints about a lack of western-style sit-down toilets, an official said Wednesday.

The problem emerged during a series of test events conducted over the past several months to determine whether venues were ready to stage the Games, said Yao Hui, deputy head of the organising committee's venue management department.

Some 500,000 overseas visitors are expected in Beijing during the August 8-24 Games but the only toilets available for the public and the media at many top venues like the National Aquatic Centre, known as the Water Cube, are squat toilets that are widespread in China but unfamiliar to westerners.

"After more than 30 test events, a lot of parties have raised the question of toilets," Yao told journalists.

"We have told the venues to improve on this, to increase the seated toilets."

"Most Chinese people are used to the squat toilets," said Yao. "But nowadays more and more people are demanding seated toilets."

He said bathroom renovation was already under way at the National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, where the opening and closing ceremonies for the Games are scheduled to take place, as well as at other key venues.

"The bathrooms there... should all have seated toilets," said Yao. "The percentage will depend on the situation of each venue. We are doing our best to improve on the current circumstances."
 

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I've never heard of a 'squat toilet'

Here are some pros/cons :laughing:

Arguments in favor of squat toilets:

It is less expensive and easier to clean and maintain.
It does not involve any contact between the buttocks and a potentially unsanitary surface.
The lack of water in the bowl avoids the problem of splashing.
Squatting might help to build the required pressure more comfortably and quickly.
Squatting makes elimination faster, easier and more complete.
Elimination in squatting posture protects the nerves that control the prostate, bladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged.
Squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence.
Squatting securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation.
For pregnant women, squatting avoids pressure on the uterus when using the toilet. Daily squatting helps prepare the mother-to-be for a more natural delivery.
Squatting may reduce the occurrence or severity of hemorrhoids and possibly other colorectal disorders such as diverticulosis and appendicitis.

Arguments against squat toilets:

A common argument against the squat toilet is that if toilet paper is used where there is no flushing system installed, it is easy for the inexperienced user to clog the toilet. Those unfamiliar with the squat toilet should be sure to ask the location of the flushing bucket before attempting use. These buckets flush the toilets manually like a tank would.

Squat toilets are more difficult to use for those with limited mobility.

People experiencing diarrhea can spray fecal matter over the floor and onto the back of the ankles and/or clothing.
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Here are some pros/cons :laughing:

Arguments in favor of squat toilets:

It is less expensive and easier to clean and maintain.
It does not involve any contact between the buttocks and a potentially unsanitary surface.
The lack of water in the bowl avoids the problem of splashing.
Squatting might help to build the required pressure more comfortably and quickly.
Squatting makes elimination faster, easier and more complete.
Elimination in squatting posture protects the nerves that control the prostate, bladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged.
Squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence.
Squatting securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation.
For pregnant women, squatting avoids pressure on the uterus when using the toilet. Daily squatting helps prepare the mother-to-be for a more natural delivery.
Squatting may reduce the occurrence or severity of hemorrhoids and possibly other colorectal disorders such as diverticulosis and appendicitis.

Arguments against squat toilets:

A common argument against the squat toilet is that if toilet paper is used where there is no flushing system installed, it is easy for the inexperienced user to clog the toilet. Those unfamiliar with the squat toilet should be sure to ask the location of the flushing bucket before attempting use. These buckets flush the toilets manually like a tank would.

Squat toilets are more difficult to use for those with limited mobility.

People experiencing diarrhea can spray fecal matter over the floor and onto the back of the ankles and/or clothing.
:barf2:


mb.
:laughing: nice write up...
 
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