Cemetery Offers Free Green Burials
Baoenfudi Cemetery in Shenzhen is offering green burials for free a first in China and has opening for 2,000 spaces in this year’s Qingming Festival for families for military personnel, poor families and good Samaritans.
Tomb Sweeping Day is a traditional practice done by the Chinese in remembering their love ones, in which many visiting the graves of their ancestors and sweeps away the dirt or make improvements on the grave site. The festival fell on a Thursday with more than 210,000 people visited 24 cemeteries across the city.
With the rising popularity of green burials were ashes are placed in holes smaller that coffin sized graves that are spurred by ever increasing prices at cemeteries amid the land shortage. This prompted the city government to promote an environmentally friendly burial in hopes to curb cemetery prices and save the land for urban development. This year a facility was built this year to store the cremated remains of around 120,000 people
The green burial project will be providing a total of 10,000 spaces once it completed.