A wave goodbye, May 20

20 May 2014

Faced with an ageing population, soaring property prices and increasingly scarce land, the government has been trying for years to convince more mainlanders to break with tradition and bury loved ones at sea. Although many older Chinese oppose cremation and prefer to be buried besides ancestors according to tradition, alternative burial ideas are slowly catching on. Photographers from Reuters, Imaginechina and China Foto Press captured some of these final goodbyes.