China Offers Freebies to Promote Burials at Sea

Lin Hui Zhen weeps as she places the ashes of her late husband in a metal chute during a sea burial organized by the Funeral and Internment Administration of Shanghai Photograph by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Saturday brings the Qingming Festival, a traditional tomb-sweeping holiday when Chinese visit the graves of departed relatives. In honor of the festival, the China Daily reports on what some officials clearly hope will become the latest trend in Chinese funerals: burials at sea.

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