According to the Civil Ministry of Affairs, 4.46 million out of the 9.77 million Chinese people who passed away during the 2014 were cremated instead of traditionally buried. “The world’s most populous nation is promoting eco-friendly burial and funeral practices ahead of the traditional Qingming holiday, when Chinese pay respect to deceased family members.”
It seems that China, from the ground up, is becoming much more environmentally conscious than in years’ past. As the world’s largest contributor toward air pollution and carbon footprint, China is under close watch by environmentalist organizations worldwide. Not only can burying bodies be viewed as a waste of land, but it is also extraordinarily expensive to do so in China.
According to a worker at a cemetery in Beijing, “the average price of a 1-square-meter plot in a general cemetery has increased to around 200,000 yuan compared with 60,000 yuan for the same kind of cemetery in 2000.” To put this into perspective, burying a loved one is now becoming as expensive as purchasing an apartment.