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Toilets on Chinese Trains

Written by FabioUpdated Jan. 30, 2024

Toilets on Chinese trains are classified into two types: squat toilets and western-style toilets.

Toilets on Ordinary Trains

The restroom facilities on ordinary trains, specifically those categorized as Z, T, and K, predominantly feature squat toilets. Notably, a few deluxe soft sleeper carriages on these trains are equipped with western-style toilets, conveniently positioned at the end of each carriage. Typically, the hygiene standards of toilets in sleeper carriages, including deluxe soft sleeper, soft sleeper, and hard sleeper, are well-maintained and immaculate.

Conversely, the condition of toilets in seat carriages, encompassing both soft seat and hard seat categories, tends to be less satisfactory. Users often encounter suboptimal cleanliness levels in these facilities. This dichotomy highlights the varying standards of restroom conditions across different classes of carriages on ordinary trains in China.

Toilets on ordinary-speed trainToilets on ordinary-speed train

Toilets on High-Speed Trains

High-speed trains, including overnight D category high-speed trains have both squat and western-style toilets. They are also set at the end of each carriage. Toilets on high-speed train are modern and always clean. A wash basin is equipped beside the toilet.

Handicapped washroom is available on a high-speed train, usually in No.5 carriage. It is specially designed for passengers in wheelchairs. An auto-door is used. Inside the washroom equipped with a large wash basin, a western-style toilet, hand rails and a changing table for babies.

Toilets on high-speed trainToilets on high-speed train


1. There is no toilet paper provided on ordinary trains. Toilet paper is provided on high-speed trains, but always run out. So it is recommended that you always bring your own toilet paper.

2. The toilets will be locked when the train stops. Avoid to use the toilet when the train is about to stop for arriving at a station.

3. There are LED screens overhead each carriage showing if the toilets are occupied. Red light means occupied and green light means not occupied. You can also judge by the signs on the toilet door. The red sign "有人" means the toilet is occupied. And the green sign "无人" means not occupied.

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