Today marks the Ching Ming, or Qing Ming, festival in China.
Tomb-sweeping and paper offerings in Hong Kong’s vertical cemeteries
Also known as “tomb-sweeping day,” on this date Chinese people visit the graves of their ancestors.
They bring food, burn incense and paper offerings, and clean the graves of those who have come before.
In space-pressed Hong Kong, most cemeteries are built vertically into mountainsides, with plots stacked virtually on top of each other.
The shortage of plots means it’s increasingly hard to secure burial niches in Hong Kong.
The average waiting time for a spot at a public columbarium is now four years, while a private spot costs about $130,000.
Check out our gallery above of Hong Kong’s Ching Ming activities.