This style of potty is used all over Hong Kong (and Asia), most often in public washrooms (click-through for larger image):
The trick with these things is learning how to take care of business and squat at the same time. Many times the stall has no handles to grab onto for steadiness or support.
If you grow up using the squat potty, squatting is no big deal. I remember reading somewhere that squatting is a better position for the body's plumbing—it's easier and more efficient.
But to Westerners, this type of toilet is traumatic. The average Westerner's thought process goes something like this:
- How the Hell do I use this thing?
- Which way do I face?
- Man, I hope I don't fall in.
- This is gonna kill my knees.
- How do I prevent dropping something into my pants?
- This is so gross!
- Damn! There's no paper in here!
- Zzzzzip! I'm going to find a hotel...
So remember, if you're coming to Hong Kong, be aware that you may encounter the squat potty, and you may be in a situation where you have no choice but to use it.
I'd advise you to practice squatting.
And remember to carry lots of tissue.
Note: more toilet trauma awaits.