Translation of a post from a QQ forum last month:
Everybody always says that in Chengdu, the south is prosperous, the west is expensive, the east is poor, the north is the sticks.
It's very unfortunate that one of our friends lives right in the legendary east. Her home is at the Shuangqiaozi Shudu Huayuan. She's always been very comfortable living there. Right outside her gate is Carrefour, Beijing Hualian, and tons of buses that go right to Chunxi Lu. Envy her!
But since she moved there last year, she's often said that there's something weighing heavily on her heart.
That's because, right downstairs from her house, on Jinghua Nan Lu, stands a dirty, smelly, ugly, foul TOILET!!!
On such a big street, there stands a wooden toilet, all by its lonesome.
This toilet can be used by only one person at a time. It's probably a little more than a square meter in width and depth.
On the outside somebody's hung a poster for a glass factory.
You guys don't know, every time she gets off the bus from work, this friend must pass by this toilet.
When the weather's this hot, the stench is indescribable.
Inside, toilet paper and sanitary pads are strewn everywhere. The piss and shit are never flushed.
What's more, this friend—a girl—often sees grown men running into the toilet. Fine, if you gotta go, you gotta go. You'll bear the filth of the toilet. Whatever.
But, grandpas, please, finish pulling up your pants and zipping them up before you come back out.
These guys must be in such a rush to exit the stink that they're running to get out before they're even done peeing.
But the boulevard is full of people. When you rush out without having pulled up your pants and zipping them up, it doesn't look very civilized!!!!
Here's a suggestion...
It's not like Carrefour doesn't have a toilet. Just go a few more steps and be a civilized person!
This is a most sincere request that the relevant departments remove this toilet!!!
A follow-up poster said:
Toilets are a hot topic for discussion. Foreigners talk about it, Chinese talk about it, Chinese who've gone overseas and come back talk about it even more. Oftentimes "Toilet Comparison Studies" appear. Toilets are taken as a signifier of culture in Sino-Western discussions. ... My compatriots never flush the toilet when they're done, it's a tragedy to the nation.
Others chimed in with their agreement about the state of this particular toilet.
Yet another described his/her experience in Hong Kong:
A few days ago I went to Hong Kong. I didn't have to pay the attendant at the toilet. It was clean, there was paper, and next to the stalls there was liquid hand soap, very hygienic. It's OK to charge a little money if there are a lot of toilets, but at least clean them up.
And still another posted a doctored image of the toilet, adding a "Danger: High Voltage. Please use caution when relieving yourself" and skull-and-crossbones stamp to its door.