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Post time 2007-4-6 17:16:31 |Display all floors

spitting

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Before I start, I’d like to make a disclaimer: I’m a spitter - always have been, always will be. I’m a bit phlegmatic, I’ve always had allergies and a post nasal drip. In the mornings, I get a little stuffy, and the alternative to spitting (swallowing) isn’t too pleasant and, I think, a bit unhealthy – so I spit. If I’m at home or work, I go to the bathroom and take care of things privately. If I’m in public, I try to find a gutter, garbage can, or some earth (sorry, plants and trees) and relieve myself somewhere people won’t see/touch/step on. However, if there’s no secret spot for me to spit, I have been known to let loose on the sidewalk or street. I’ll admit it – I’ve hocked up many a loogie in many a public place in many countries.

Disclaimer out of the way, I’ve noticed three things that Beijingers tend to do that I don’t, when it comes to spitting culture. First: the noise. Loud, hocking, hacking noises that seem to approach the noises I would make when vomiting don’t offend me, but I don’t see the point. I can almost always bring up my catarrh quietly. Second: the public ness of it. I usually try to do it when no one is looking, or at least do it away from the people I’m with. Third: doing it when you don’t really need to. If it takes you a long time and a lot of effort to work up just a dab of lungbutter, you probably didn’t need to spit in the first place.

I’m writing this because last night, at my usual 串(chuanr) spot I started to really notice and observe all of the spitting that was going on. A group of guys had just finished eating dinner and were standing around in a circle with nothing to do, acting tough and planning their next move, as guys from any country are wont to do. The stood there, talked, and spat. Holy crap! There was a lot of spitting. Then someone else far away coughed up a lung, I let one loose, and then the waitress from the restaurant came outside and spat on the ground. It was actually quite funny.

I’ve read a lot of foreigners stuff about Beijing and China (including the Lonely Planet book on Beijing) and I’ve seen a few tirades about all of the spitting. I say (and I guess only a few other Jewish readers will understand this, but it seems so punny) ‘Stop Hoking a Chainik!’ Spitting is no big deal. My only advice to Beijingers is to turn down the volume a teeny bit. Other than that, keep on keeping on.

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Post time 2007-4-9 00:26:32 |Display all floors

adout sipt

spitting is our custome, banning to siptting is agreeable. but in my opinoin, the most important thing is changing our idea,punnish is  only a waring .if we can realize that it is bad manner that you are spitting at any places!

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Post time 2007-4-9 06:34:25 |Display all floors
baseball player in the usa are used to spitting in full view of the television.

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Post time 2007-4-16 11:52:13 |Display all floors

Build public sputum bowls then you can spit to your heart's content

I find this solution suggested by a former member brilliant, and I just have to say that again.

Build them alongside the garbage bins....I mean you can have public toilet, public drinking fountains....it's time for public sputum bowls....

Let's get real the Chinese having spit for the past thousand years are not going to stop that any time soon.
Build these, and maybe start exporting them to the west where many overseas chinese having the same habit congregate, like London's china town, San Francisco etc etc etc...

More $$$ into China, less public hazard.....aint it good idea??

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Post time 2007-4-16 14:45:42 |Display all floors
Spitting is cool. Just don't spit on me, and have a thought for people cleaning.

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Post time 2007-4-26 19:57:16 |Display all floors

hao

As chinese, we all wery glad to see this ! More and more chinese now begin to kown that we can do our best to protect our country, especially in 2008, many foreigners will come to China, and then they will see a new and healthy country that they would get big astonish.

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Post time 2007-4-27 10:24:44 |Display all floors
They will get astonished that Chinese choose to quit spitting as a way to show they are modern people...
Keep spitting, but get a free mind.
KISS
(Keep It Simple, Stupid)

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