Toilets

Chinese toilets might be dismal, but Tibetan toilets make them look like little bowers of heaven. The standard model is a deep hole in the ground, often without partitions, with faeces littered all over the floor and sometimes even the walls (!?). Many Tibetans (including women with long skirts) prefer to urinate in the street.

On the plus side, there are some fabulous ‘toilets with a view’. Honours go to the Samding Monastery Guesthouse and the public toilets in the Potala Palace.

With the exception of midrange and top-end places, hotel and restaurant toilets in Tibet are of the squat variety – as the cliché goes, good for the digestion and character building, too. Always carry an emergency stash of toilet paper or tissues with you.