How to Use a Horse Bucket

I ran across this photo on Flickr recently, and had a good chuckle. It’s a sign posted in a public toilet giving instructions on how to/not to use a “sit down” toilet.

funny toilet sign

The direct translation of the characters over the picture is “how to use the horse bucket.”

For some reason, the Chinese word for a western toilet (the kind you sit on as opposed to squat over) is literally “horse bucket.”

I’ve never understood why that is, but have always found it interesting!

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Image credit: Loo Sign, by Denni Schnapp, via Flickr

Is it a Castle? A Church? A Public Toilet?

If you can’t imagine being able to tell the difference between a building that is a castle, a building that is a church, or a building that is a public toilet, than you obviously haven’t been to China!

The Shanghaiist reports on a recently-built public toilet facility in Wuhan that looks like a castle: 

Wuhan city officials have come under fire from netizens after photos were posted online showing an elaborate public toilet built to resemble a castle.

The two-storey toilet in the Hubei capital was claimed to have cost more than 1 million yuan, though an official response from the city’s Chengguan Office put the real figure closer to 800,000 yuan.

City management officials defended the project, saying that it was part of a larger plan to beautify scenic areas throughout Wuhan.

When I read this I was reminded of the first day of the Esther Expedition in March when Noel and I and our local guides mistook a public toilet facility for a renovated old church. You can read all about it in a post titled Seeing What We Want to See.


Image source: Shanghaiist