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Beijing expects half of all burials to go green by 2020

Staff writer ▼ | October 24, 2015
In Beijing land is expensive and pollution a concern, so the government is encouraging families to practice green burials.
Flower park
Ecology   Burying a deceased under a tree or in a flowerbed
That would be burying a deceased loved one's ashes under a tree or in a flowerbed, or spreading them in the sea.

The Chinese capital has plans to ensure that at least half of its deceased citizens have eco-friendly funerals by 2020 in an effort to conserve space and improve the environment.

The goal was set by the Beijing civil affairs department, which asked all districts with cemeteries to build a green cemetery for demonstration and advised them to transform traditional cemeteries into green ones.

Eco-friendly funerals are currently available at more than 30 cemeteries in Beijing.