Michael Mann from is on assignment in Beijing. He has one of my favorite China blogs.

“BACK RUBS/PATTING in the bathrooms. This doesn’t happen everywhere, but you will find it at some of the bars in Beijing. A lot of places have bathroom attendants…use a comb, take some mints, hand you a towel. But here, while you’re standing at the urinal letting it flow, they sneak up behind you and start giving you a back rub. Come on, is that really necessary & how many people actually like that? Not to mention, when you start punching my back, it hurts my aim, so you might get some on your shoes (they don’t care). So bathroom attendants…no more back rubs at the stalls. Relax, I’ll give you 10RMB, just give me a clean towel to dry my hands.”

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