An inconvenient truth about China and toilet rolls




In less than one minute, a big roll of toilet paper is gone, in a public restroom in #Chongqing City, #CCPChina, on Apr 21, 2023.

In 2001, a western #FalunGong was going to secretly travel to #Beijing to protest against the #CCP‘s crackdown on Falun Gong. Before she left, she asked for tips for getting around in Beijing.

I offered only one: Take your own #toiletpaper when going out.

She asked: Why? I said, because there isn’t toilet paper in the public restrooms.

She asked again: Why? I said, people will take it home if toilet paper is provided.

She asked for the 3rd time, why? At that stage, I felt so ashamed to have to explain to her that because people will take it home anyway…

Seems now the situation is better, after 22 years. They do provide toilet paper now. Only the people still haven’t gotten any better.


Jennifer’s World 曾錚的世界

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By Jennifer Zeng

March 20, 2017 6:18 pm Last Updated: September 30, 2017 5:38 pm 2017年3月20日

Jennifer Zeng is a Chinese Falun Gong practitioner who was persecuted for her faith by the communist regime and now resides in the United States. Read more at her blog

Today I read an article in Chinese news describing how, in order to prevent people from taking toilet paper in the public restrooms to their homes, scanners equipped with facial recognition technology were installed in the public restrooms in Beijing’s Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park.

Read her article here:


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