China Plots More Sea Burials; Faces Grave-Space Limitation

well the population sure now getting them to think more harder .

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On April 4, Chinese everywhere will honor their deceased loved ones by packing up bags of gifts, flowers and fare to take to their graves as part of Qingming festival, or Tomb-Sweeping Day, a national holiday of adulation for Chinese ancestors. But the more than 2,500-year-old ancient tradition underscores a crippling theme in much of the now urbanized China: there’s no room.

As Quartz reports, city officials are ramping up efforts to change the perceived importance of grave burials by also offering mass burials at sea for the recently departed on Tomb-Sweeping Day. Cities like Shanghai, Guangzhou and Jiaxing, in Zhejiang province, are covering costs for transportation, the sea burial and even offering subsidies ranging from $60 to an upwards of $800. This year Shanghai increased its sea-burial subsidy five times more, subsequently leading government officials to add another ship to its sea-burial fleet to meet a growing demand.

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