PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 12:51pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 1:27pm

Outcry at mainland mother who let son defecate at Taiwan airport


Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for Amy can be reached at, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP

A photo of a mainland toddler defecating in public at an airport in Taiwan has sparked anger and criticism from internet users in Taiwan and China.

The photograph, allegedly taken by a Taiwanese tour guide, was published first on Facebook and then on a Taiwanese news webite earlier this week.

It showed a toddler relieving himself on paper possibly prepared by her mother. A toilet was only a minute's walk away, said the report.

“There aren’t enough public toilets in China and the ones they do have are usually dirty,” commented a Taiwanese blogger, “This might explain mainlanders' poor hygiene habits.”

“This is  a typical mainland parent who spoils their children,'’ said a mainland netizen on China's twitter-like Sina Weibo.

"This is so embarassing, " said another mainland blogger.

A photo of a boy relieving himself on a subway train in Guangzhou last year stunned internet users and caused public outcry across China.


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