Expiring gets expensive as Shanghai cemeteries fill up

Mainland city dwellers are squeezed even in death as the cost of burial sites soars, and the problem is particularly acute in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

The battle for land in Shanghai is entering a tumultuous new phase as the city faces the need to allocate more space for the dead amid soaring prices of burial sites.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 2:50am

How QR codes are adding a load more memory to loved ones' memorials

Flowers and a QR code grace a tombstone.

Some canny mainlanders have discovered a way to liven up their trips to the cemetery with a bit of modern technology. Those visiting tombs of relatives during today's Ching Ming grave-sweeping festival may be surprised to see others at nearby graves huddled around a mobile phone, possibly shedding a tear - or having a good laugh.

4 Apr 2013 - 11:07am

China Digest, November 23, 2012

A woman in her early 30s is suing a psychiatric hospital in Beijing for keeping her against her will for three days in June at the request of her parents.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:13am

Henan city refuses to stop clearance of graves to make farmland

Graves are removed to make way for farmland in Zhoukou city, Henan. Photo: SCMP

A city in central Henan province says it will push ahead with grave demolitions after the levelling of millions of tombs sparked outrage.

Two million tombs in Zhoukou, one of the oldest cities on the mainland, have been removed over the past few months under a new provincial government policy to make more land available for agriculture.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:13am 1 comment

New grave raises row over burial site rules

A new grave built next to a footpath on Lamma Island has upset neighbours, fuelling controversy over arbitrary boundary controls of burial grounds and unregulated grave sizes in rural areas.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Important family members given best burial positions

The whole process of worship at the grave begins as soon as the coffin is placed in a trench and carefully positioned by a fung shui master. It is then covered with a mound of earth. The practice of building burial mounds began during the Warring States period, around the 5th century.

3 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Festival hillfires decrease

Wet weather and a low turnout by grave-sweepers were believed to have cut hillfires by more than half this year during the Chung Yeung Festival yesterday.

As thousands of people lit incense and swept graves, firemen put out five blazes on Hong Kong Island, four in Kowloon and 42 in the New Territories.

21 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Wrangle at site of grave remains

TANG clansmen in Yuen Long have until Friday to recover two sets of remains they claim were left behind in an ancestral grave during a government clearance.

The site of the 200-year-old twin grave at Nim Wan, by Deep Bay, will be handed over to contractors for the development of the West New Territories Landfill after Friday.

13 Sep 1995 - 12:00am