Hong Kong

Hong Kong graveyards

January 13, 2013  — I got hit by a security guard for taking this picture — which does relate to real estate — so I have to share it.

In Hong Kong graveyards, you only rent space for 10 years, which is extendable for another 10 years. At the end of the lease, the bones are disinterred, which is what you see here. This arrangement only applies to public cemeteries, like Hong Kong Chinese Christian Cemetery in Pokfulam, where this image was taken. Different rules apply to indigenous villagers in the New Territories.

 

Space in Hong Kong graveyards is only rented for 10 years

More on Hong Kong’s funeral business in this story from Time magazine.