Land shortage forces Chinese sea burials

Officials are encouraging alternative to traditional plots, with the Chinese government footing the bill.

    Traditional burial plots in China are running out, forcing many people to look to the sea for an alternative option.

    The country is facing a severe land shortage and is struggling to accomodate the millions of people who die every year.

    Officials are encouraging the maritime alternative with the Chinese government even footing the bill and giving each family $320 dollars on top of that.

    Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from Hong Kong.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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