China is facing a shortage of burial space as the standard of living and income has improved. The typical price for a burial space is $15,000 and citizens are now able to spend more on elaborate funerals that were once banned. Many people are worried that the rising burial space prices have now become more expensive than city apartments. The costs have coined the term “grave slave” for the people who are trying to afford burials for their parents and themselves. The Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau is asking citizens to consider “green burials,” such as scattering ashes at sea or burying them under trees as an alternative to the nine million traditional burials a year.
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