I had a blast during my recent trip to China (more later). But my homeland has three blemishes that I don't appreciate:
1. China is damn polluted! Opaque air that makes LA smog look like a Montana sky. Exhaust fumes from the cluttered streets. Smokers in every restaurant, adding their own streams.
One day in Shanghai, we were walking around the dock near the river. Tom came toward me:
"Why are you covering your mouth?" I asked. He reacted thusly:
I turned around to see a noxious blast from the rear of a passing boat:
2. You can hail a taxi with a wave of the hand, because they're everywhere. However, the trip will take five times as long as you expect.
The regular 1x.
2x from getting stuck in stop-and-go traffic.
1x from you having to navigate and call your destination for directions, because the driver just arrived from the countryside and doesn't know any streets in Beijing.
A final 1x because the taxi driver navigates in a big loop, in order to extract more money.
3. My loyal readers may remember me griping about New York toilets lacking seat covers. Chinese bathrooms lack a little more than that.
I got used to them within a day though, and was using them like a pro throughout the trip.
You don't need a toilet seat cover when there's no toilet.