A man prays on the eve of the 2015 Qingming festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at a cemetery in Dagantangcun, China. Photo: AFP A man prays on the eve of the 2015 Qingming festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at a cemetery in Dagantangcun, China. Photo: AFP
A man prays on the eve of the 2015 Qingming festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at a cemetery in Dagantangcun, China. Photo: AFP

Smaller graves, sea burials, ashes scattered: China promotes green options for the dead amid shortage of cemetery space

Eco-friendly burials and placing the ashes of multiple family members in one plot are options as Beijing declares most cemeteries will be filled within 10 years

A man prays on the eve of the 2015 Qingming festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at a cemetery in Dagantangcun, China. Photo: AFP A man prays on the eve of the 2015 Qingming festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at a cemetery in Dagantangcun, China. Photo: AFP
A man prays on the eve of the 2015 Qingming festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at a cemetery in Dagantangcun, China. Photo: AFP
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