Plus some washrooms in China can be rather wet. There are generally no hooks in there, and you'll need your hands to balance, dig around your purse for tissues, and hold on to the door if the lock is broken. Try to get somewhere in the middle, feet flat on the floor, and aim for the potty. Foot placement: It's important to get your child to straddle the toilet before squatting. Using a squat toilet is a little like peeing in the woods , only with walls, a door sometimes , and a ceramic hole in the ground that flushes. If it's red, then the room is occupied. Pro tip: if you see other Chinese locals rolling up their cuffs, be sure to do so too. Sure, the "western" toilet has made plenty of inroads, and you'll find them in big city hotels, major restaurants, and airports around the country. Many argue it's actually healthier to go this way than sitting down.