Thursday, January 13, 2011

Inequality, also after death in Shanghai

Last month was my first time at a cementary in Shanghai, close to the Songjiang village. Quite an interesting visit, as the differences with cementaries in Europe are rather substantial. To avoid any questions: yes, in China cremation is compulsory, but after that the remains are still buried at the outskirts of the city.
That means that grave do not occupy that much space, but they are still there. We were there on a quiet day, but the infrastructure was obvious geared up for those few days during the year when the number of visits is rather massive.
Unlike European graveyards, the stones are all more or less similar, that is, per section. But depending on how much money you can spend, you can get a better spot with a nicer stone, sometimes pretty huge things. The very rich get a special spot on a hill that has been made for this purpose.
Obvious, also after death Shanghaise are all equal, but some are more equal than others.
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