Rents are rising for the departed in Beijing. Living in China’s capital city may be more affordable than being buried there, according to a new report.
Getting a plot in one of Beijing’s more popular cemeteries can cost as much as $ 60,000 to $ 70,000 per square meter, TIME magazine reported, citing state-run newspaper Legal Weekly. What’s more, Beijing’s famous Babaoshan Cemetery charges the dead $ 165,000 for entry.
In comparison, a single grave site, which holds up to three burials, at the Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y., costs between $ 12,000 and $ 14,000.
China outlawed burials to conserve much-needed space in the country’s crowded metropolises. Chinese residents must settle for a plot to inter ashes, but even the costs of those plots have increased by more than 30% a year, according to Legal Weekly. Read more…