Work on Guangzhou Metro Line 6 destroys five ancient tombs

Guangzhou Metro is facing a public outcry after contractors destroyed five ancient tombs during construction of Line 6 of its subway system. Photo: Xinhua

The protected site, on the eastern slope of Da Gong mountain, had been sealed off by the Guangzhou Archaeology Research Centre, with warning signs posted and red lines marking the protected area.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:51am 5 comments

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.

22 Apr 2013 - 2:50am

Where the living face rocketing costs to bury the dead

A Chinese woman tends to a grave of a family member at a cemetary on "Qingming" in Beijing. Photo: AFP

People on the mainland are finding death as unaffordable as life as prices of urns and graves soar. A funeral supplies store at Beijing's Babaoshan graveyard now charges between 4,100 and 12,300 yuan (HK$5,100 and HK$15,400), The Beijing News reported. One carved white jade urn fetched a whopping 119,850 yuan.

5 Apr 2013 - 4:44am

Villagers re-build 1m demolished tombs in Henan

A tomb was destroyed in 2012 in Zhoukou, Henan. Photo: Xinhua

Authorities launched the unpopular policy of demolishing tombs in 2012. Henan’s provincial government said it was necessary to provide more land for agriculture. More than two million tombs had been destroyed since March 2012, the government claimed.

20 Feb 2013 - 7:15pm