In land-scarce Hong Kong, finding a final resting place for the dead is can be a nightmare.
And new regulations that fully kick in this year have made it even harder.
Because permanent cemetery plots essentially ran out long ago, cremation has become the preferred option for Hong Kong residents.
However, finding a spot, or a niche, in a government-run columbarium (buildings where urns are stored) involves a lengthy wait that could take years.
Private columbaria are the alternative for those who can afford it. In 2017, the government decided to regulate the market by forcing private operators to get licensed. They had until March 31 to submit their applications, and no licenses have been granted yet. In the meantime, private columbaria haven’t been allowed to sell or let out any new niches, effectively causing a freeze in the market since June 2017.
VICE News headed to Hong Kong to see just how hard it is for Hongkongers to find a resting place, and to look at some of the solutions being offered.
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