Well, I’ve settled into my home in Shenzhen almost a month now, and I can feel the Chinese way of things slowly soaking in. I am now basically unshockable after the last 2 months… I’ve witnessed, eaten, and smelled some of the strangest things I ever will, and many have now become the commonplace events of everyday life. Right now I’d like to focus on one particular phenomenon that ends to stand oout more than the rest – Children pooping in public places.
You read that right. All the children here, up to age 4 or so, wear these special pants that have a large slit down the back, exposing their butts. They just walk around all day, butts in the breeze. When it comes time to do business, they simply stop wherever they are at, and let it all go. If they are younger, the parent/grandparent with them will hold them out in the air by the waist, as one would hold a leaking trash bag. I see this probably 4-5 times a week, and in some pretty interesting places….
- On a moving subway train in the Shenzhen metro. The mother held the child over a plastic grocery bag.
- Next to the outdoor seating at a restaurant while we were eating (that was ugly).
- In the middle of the sidewalk.
- On the beach.
- Being held over a trashcan on a street corner.
My friend Trevor saw a child pooping in the flowers in front of the Forbidden City. It is everywhere. Also, I got these pictures off the internet. I have yet to snap a photo of the elusive split pants baby. It seems like every time I have my camera there are none to be found.