Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fast showers in China

As the leaders of the United States and China dine at the White House, let's go back to a 2008 story for YJI by Zhu Qin Zhe in China, writing about trying to take a shower during her brief stint in the military. Check it out:
The fastest shower I ever took
By Zhu Qin Zhe
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Zhu Qin Zhe, reporting for duty.
Youth Journalism International
Fujian Province, CHINA – Assembled and standing next to each other, we could see the large drops of sweat trickling down along our temples, and smell the pungent odor coming from our exhausted bodies.
It was military camp, and we needed a shower.
We had towels, bottles of shampoo as well an exquisite comb clutched to our chests while anxiously waiting for our turn under the water.
The rules in the military camp dictated that students instantly obey every order sent by the leaders.
There were strict commands over dining in the canteens – how we walked, ran or talked.
Even the activities during the time we were spared to ourselves were highly limited – no singing, no dancing, no loud conversations on silly topics.
But the most unbearable challenge was that in the entire 20 days, we were only allowed showers two to three times.
So just imagine how excited we were when the time for a shower finally came – and how surprised we were when the leader declared that only 40 nozzles were available.
That meant that five or six girls had to share one nozzle together.
Then we suddenly got pale at another announcement – no more than 10 minutes were given for the shower, since the water was supposed to run out of supply after a certain time. Click here for the rest of the story.

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