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  • Aug 31, 2014
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Guangzhou says new cemetery is not just for officials

Guangzhou’s Bureau of Civic Affairs denied accusations that it’s building a cemetery “exclusively”  for deceased government officials, according to a Southern Metropolis Daily

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 3:27pm

China Digest, October 11, 2012


Public opposes traffic fees

11 Oct 2012 - 4:40am

Seeking alternatives to niches and burial plots

Transforming cremated remains into remembrance diamonds is just one of the options available to tackle the shortage of burial plots and niches in Hong Kong columbaria.

The government is promoting sea burials and offers a free boat service for anyone wishing to commit their loved-ones' ashes to the sea for what is described as 'a sombre and dignified send-off'.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

A problem that won't be buried

After not taking the mushrooming of private columbariums seriously until last year, the government must do its best to strike a sensitive balance as it tries to restore order by regulating them. It cannot please everyone. Lawmakers, for example, complain that a proposed system for licensing the columbariums leaves a lot of loopholes for illegal operators.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Problem far from dead and buried

Dying without a final resting place is a Chinese taboo. Yet that is the frustrating reality for thousands of Hong Kong families. The lack of public burial places means many have to wait for months or sometimes years to lay their loved ones to rest.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Vandals hit cemetery

The vandalism at St Michael's Catholic Cemetery in Happy Valley has shocked Hong Kong. Thirty-seven graves and 130 vases were damaged in the city's first such large-scale attack on the graveyard.

A security guard discovered the damage on Friday morning and called the police. Tombs had been broken into, gravestones overturned and pictures of the dead destroyed.

23 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Cost of dying worries the living in Shanghai

While homebuyers complain about Shanghai's overheated property market, burial sites in the city's suburban areas are at a premium, costing 50 per cent more than housing on a per-square-metre basis.

11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Bones mixed up, worker hurt after trolley crashes down stairs at Catholic cemetery

At least two sets of human bones were mixed up and a worker injured after a motorised trolley carrying ossuaries fell down a flight of stairs at a Cheung Sha Wan cemetery.

A person with long experience in the funeral business said it would be difficult to sort out the pieces to ensure they went to the right owners.

13 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Bodies dug up early in cemetery racket

The ICAC has busted a ghoulish racket in which staff from the government's cemeteries management board allegedly accepted cash to allow bodies to be removed from temporary graves before all the flesh had decomposed.

2 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Our historic cemeteries deserve both our care and protection

Some historic tombs at public cemeteries in Hong Kong have been either poorly restored or neglected. Should these graves get more protection?

Surely historic graves deserve to be protected; they are gold mines of information that might otherwise have been lost or forgotten. In Hong Kong, we have 11 public, 28 private and two military cemeteries.

20 Jul 2007 - 12:00am