They say you shouldn’t drink the water in China, and I think they’re right. Even the locals don’t drink water from the tap without boiling it. Maybe this is why tea is so popular. In any case, I found it rather amusing that the drinking glasses in the hotel bathroom were right next to the sign that says not to drink the water. So what exactly is the glass for?
Thankfully the hotel provides you with a couple bottles of water every day. In public places, there are no water fountains. Instead they have “drinking water stations” that dispense drinkable water. You can usually get hot water there, too. It’s odd how many Chinese like to drink plain hot water. Ick.
PS Am I the only one that finds it gross for the drinking glasses to be right by the sink? When you’re washing your hands, dirty water sometimes splashes a bit, and could easily get on the glasses. Who wants to drink from a glass that 1) was probably only washed-out in the sink anyway, and 2) has been sitting there being indefinitely splashed by God knows what. Pass, thanks. I much prefer the individually wrapped plastic cups in the cheap hotels I usually stay in.