More than 1,000 people at funeral of parents of girl who survived crash

More than a thousand mourners showed up at a funeral in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, to pay their last respects to the parents of toddler Xiang Weiyi, who was 'miraculously' pulled alive from the wreckage of last month's massive train crash.

Friday, 5 August, 2011, 12:00am

Pioneer in hot market of refrigerated coffins

Qian Mingqi was one of the pioneers of the refrigerated coffin rental industry, his half-sister says. He started the business almost 20 years ago in Fuzhou, Jiangxi province, earning around 200,000 yuan (HK$240,300) a year.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Cardboard coffins the green way to go

Cardboard coffins will be the centrepiece of an art exhibition in town this week to break down taboos and encourage people to think about funeral arrangements.

About 20 different kinds of cardboard coffins will be at the exhibition, ranging from Canadian and Korean styles, to a representation of Dracula's casket and mini coffins for pets.

15 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Environment-friendly funerals pose challenge to traditional values

When it comes to combating global warming, it is not just a matter of changing your daily lifestyle, but can also involve the way you are buried.

Activists are promoting green funerals, which challenge traditional Chinese values in blessing and showing respect for the dead.

14 May 2007 - 12:00am

Space at a premium even in death

Space shortage is a perennial problem in Hong Kong. Most people work hard all their lives so as to save enough money to pay for the small flats they live in. Ownership of one's accommodation apparently offers a strong sense of security and satisfaction in this city.

21 Apr 2007 - 12:00am


IF THE COST of living is high in Hong Kong, arrangements for the afterlife don't come cheap either. But few inquire about prices for funeral services when the subject is traditionally taboo, and costs can come as a shock to bereaved families, as Ada Wai Kam-san discovered after her father-in-law passed away last month.

5 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Eight workers held over coffin thefts

Eight Urban Services Department workers were arrested yesterday for allegedly stealing valuables from coffins bound for Cape Collinson Crematorium.

A senior foreman, six craftsmen, a workman and a former craftsman were arrested after a seven-month investigation.

27 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Grave business of death and afterlife

Arising star of the Hong Kong civil service, Patrick Chim Wing-ming, 32, entered a humorous speech contest a week ago. He signed up at the last minute to fill in for a contestant who dropped out. This columnist and all the judges were highly impressed with his performance, and gave him first prize.

7 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Coffin a little too deadpan

CRACKING OPEN A COFFIN, by Gwendolin Butler (Fontana, $60). GWENDOLIN Butler goes in and out of fashion faster than flared jeans. That is rather a shame as she writes with a consistency many of her critics would do well to emulate.

1 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Don't get buried in a coffin

THERE are more than five billion people in the world and the population is increasing every second of every day.

Within about 80 years, almost all of us who are alive today, will have passed away.

3 Mar 1993 - 12:00am