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The tourist season has started, bringing shit, literally, to Moganshan. Meanwhile, I've turned down a fantastic business opportunity—but I'm going to run a triathlon

By Mark Kitto   August 2008

Tourist crap

The tourist season has started. The obvious indicator, apart from the crowds of people, is the shit. It is everywhere. I am not using the four-letter word as a metaphor for litter. There’s plenty of that too. I mean real, steaming turds.

Squeamishness about bodily functions is low in China. The Chinese, who have few public toilets, think little of urinating or defecating in public—although it may now be considered uncouth in major towns and cities.

Tourist shit, particularly here in Moganshan, bears out a three-part theory of Chinese tourist spots I developed some time ago.

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