It’s Nearly Impossible To Bury A Dead Person In Hong Kong Right Now (HBO) – Hong Kong Video



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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  1. If I was to be cremated I wouldn’t want my family to pay 100K for a small box!!! Way cooler to spread my remains like in the vid but on like a mountain I visited or somewhere like the Grand Canyon!

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  2. This is what humans call common-sense + rational thinking! #DaFacts

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  3. My mom said when she pass away spread her ashes into ocean.

    I know, I have a cool mom.

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  4. burying bodies is a waste of space anyway.

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  5. It's Hong Kong this can't be a surprise to anyone. If this is a surprise to you please go to Google and search Hong Kong.

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  6. Man these ancient cultures have a lot to worry about. But I guess it also gives them peace of mind if they keep up with it.

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  7. You can put my ashes in the garbage. Everyone knows the body doesn't matter and your body doesn't follow with you to the afterlife. Your soul is it's own being outside of the body. Duhhh you aren't immediately reborn there is obviously a waiting list. No you don't jut get to take over the body of another life. That wouldn't be fair now would it?

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  8. The Woman At The End Of The Video Accidentaly Described How Hindus Perform Cremations.

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  9. Good, being buried is a weird narcissistic tradition that should die off anyhow

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  10. we came from clay we will go back to it. it's simple.

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  11. paying more for a place to store your own dead ashes than you paid for a house while you were alive? wack

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  12. When I die I want to be cremated and shot out of a cannon so people can say I went out with a bang

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  13. Man that's wild. Why doesn't their government make a place to keep the ashes and allow them to pay respects without such a steep cost and waiting period? What does their government even do for the people? Humanity is essential part of our existence. We are not machines. Even elephants pay respects to their dead.

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  14. Traditional burial is the way to go, not fucking burning bodies like savages and barbaric!

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  15. I feel sorry for Wei; the way she says just throw it into the sea. It shows HKs inflation in everything. Housing there can go up to £3,000,000. The translation of the cantonese speakers are the best I've seen.

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  16. Why not become a tree and help the Earth?

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  17. just send my ashes into space 🙂

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  18. I did not know this in Hong Kong….how amasing to me

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  19. I did not know this in Hong Kong….how amasing to me

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  20. Just haul me around in a Honda Civic on the front seat

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  21. Build toombs for burials..Trump is a builder..he can help u out..check it out..

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  22. Ashes to Ashes, dust to dust.

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  23. my game plan is to die on everest, self recycle

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  24. Looks like a business opportunity. Sky scraper mosulium 25 miles out side of the city at a fraction of the cost

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  25. 4:21, she has the right mindset. Stupid af to literally worry where you are dumped as ashes.

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  26. Honestly I hate the idea of being buried.. I rather get cremated and put my ashes in fertilizer for some plants or something Lol..

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  27. I am gonna be burned when I am died …Hindu here

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  28. its it in USD or HK dollars? because 350,000 Hong Kong Dollar equals 44,619.75 US Dollar. A average burial funeral in the USA cost about 5-10k

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  29. To all those comments including "God" in it, there is no fucking god.

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  30. INDONESIA SHOULD IMPORT HUMAN CORPSES AND BURRIED IN ONE OF THOUSANDS ISLAND

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  31. You can see Hong Kongers are more superstitious than mainland chinese, largely because communist government in mainland china is atheistic

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  32. Hong Kong is a horrible place to live. If you’re not super rich, you’re screwed!

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