QR codes are making for eco-friendly ancestor worship in China
For many Chinese people, the first week of April usually means a trip down memory lane. On April 5, also known as tomb-sweeping day, millions across China make a trip to burial sites to pay homage to their ancestors, laying flowers and burning incense. But this year, some sweepers won’t be heading to a headstone to lay a wreath. They’ll be scanning a QR code in front of a tree. Scan the barcode-like label, and visitors will be able to light a digital candle or leave a digital flower for the dead instead. It’s part of a “green burial” service offered by Anxian Yuan, a cemetery in the eastern province of Zhejiang. Anxian Yuan is among companies answering the Chinese government’s call to offer