Known as the world’;s most vertical city, Hong Kong ran out of burial space in the 1980s. With over 6 million inhabitants living on just 426 square miles, the city is one of the world’;s most densely packed—and so are its cemeteries. Seemingly endless rows of nearly identical headstones creep up hillsides on the periphery of the city, with many tombs only arms-length distance apart. Space is so limited that graveyards are multi-denominational, with Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Parsee buried side by side. The Guardian has a surprisingly beautiful photo essay on Hong Kong’;s maze-like cemeteries, with impressive aerial shots of the neatly stacked rows.
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· The crowded cemeteries of Hong Kong – in pictures [Guardian]
· All Cemetery Wire posts [Curbed National]