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China's Sea Burials - 15 May 2014 
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Faced with an ageing population, soaring property prices and increasingly scarce land, the Chinese government has been trying for years to convince more people to break with tradition and bury loved ones at sea. But it has been slow to catch on. Many older Chinese oppose cremation and prefer to be buried beside ancestors, according to tradition, ideally on a verdant hillside with the proper "feng shui". 
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May 15, 2014 
People visit the tombstones of deceased relatives during Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at... 
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People visit the tombstones of deceased relatives during Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at... 
People visit the tombstones of deceased relatives during Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at Songhe cemetery on the outskirts of Shanghai April 5, 2014. Faced with an ageing population, soaring property prices and increasingly scarce land, the Chinese government has been trying for years to convince more people to break with tradition and bury loved ones at sea. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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May 15, 2014 
A man lays a flower at the tombstone of a deceased relative during Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping... 
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A man lays a flower at the tombstone of a deceased relative during Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping... 
A man lays a flower at the tombstone of a deceased relative during Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at Songhe cemetery on the outskirts of Shanghai April 5, 2014. But it has been slow to catch on. Many older Chinese oppose cremation and prefer to be buried beside ancestors, according to tradition, ideally on a verdant hillside with the proper "feng shui". REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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May 15, 2014 
An empty niche is seen at a gravesite during the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at Songhe cemetery... 
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An empty niche is seen at a gravesite during the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at Songhe cemetery... 
An empty niche is seen at a gravesite during the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at Songhe cemetery on the outskirts of Shanghai April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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May 15, 2014 
A man arrives to catch a bus which will transport people to a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai May 10,... 
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A man arrives to catch a bus which will transport people to a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai 
A man arrives to catch a bus which will transport people to a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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May 15, 2014 
Shanghai Funeral Services Centre staff push a cart carrying the ashes of deceased people as they prepare... 
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Shanghai Funeral Services Centre staff push a cart carrying the ashes of deceased people as they prepare... 
Shanghai Funeral Services Centre staff push a cart carrying the ashes of deceased people as they prepare for a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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May 15, 2014 
A staff member of the Shanghai Funeral Services Centre carries bags containing the ashes of deceased... 
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A staff member of the Shanghai Funeral Services Centre carries bags containing the ashes of deceased... 
A staff member of the Shanghai Funeral Services Centre carries bags containing the ashes of deceased people in preparation for a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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May 15, 2014 
A woman sits inside a bus as she travels to attend a sea burial ceremony, to scatter the ashes of a deceased... 
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A woman sits inside a bus as she travels to attend a sea burial ceremony, to scatter the ashes of a deceased... 
A woman sits inside a bus as she travels to attend a sea burial ceremony, to scatter the ashes of a deceased relative, in Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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A mourner waits for the bus to depart for a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos... 
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A mourner waits for the bus to depart for a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai 
A mourner waits for the bus to depart for a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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May 15, 2014 
People board a ferry as they attend a sea burial ceremony, to scatter the ashes of deceased relatives... 
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People board a ferry as they attend a sea burial ceremony, to scatter the ashes of deceased relatives... 
People board a ferry as they attend a sea burial ceremony, to scatter the ashes of deceased relatives into the ocean, in Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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A ferry crew member stands during a sea burial ceremony near Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria... 
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A ferry crew member stands during a sea burial ceremony near Shanghai 
A ferry crew member stands during a sea burial ceremony near Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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People attend a sea burial ceremony on a ferry near Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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People attend a sea burial ceremony on a ferry near Shanghai 
People attend a sea burial ceremony on a ferry near Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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A man sits next to a bag containing the ashes of a deceased relative as he travels on a ferry before... 
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A man sits next to a bag containing the ashes of a deceased relative as he travels on a ferry before... 
A man sits next to a bag containing the ashes of a deceased relative as he travels on a ferry before a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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A ferry transporting people attending a sea burial ceremony makes waves along the Huangpu River in Shanghai... 
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A ferry transporting people attending a sea burial ceremony makes waves along the Huangpu River in Shanghai... 
A ferry transporting people attending a sea burial ceremony makes waves along the Huangpu River in Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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A couple travels on a ferry to a sea burial ceremony, to scatter the ashes of a deceased relative into... 
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A couple travels on a ferry to a sea burial ceremony, to scatter the ashes of a deceased relative into... 
A couple travels on a ferry to a sea burial ceremony, to scatter the ashes of a deceased relative into the ocean, in Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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A woman reacts as she travels on a ferry before a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos... 
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A woman reacts as she travels on a ferry before a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai 
A woman reacts as she travels on a ferry before a sea burial ceremony in Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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May 15, 2014 
People scatter the ashes of deceased relatives into the ocean during sea burial ceremony near Shanghai... 
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People scatter the ashes of deceased relatives into the ocean during sea burial ceremony near Shanghai... 
People scatter the ashes of deceased relatives into the ocean during sea burial ceremony near Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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May 15, 2014 
A woman waits in line to scatter the ashes of a deceased relative into the ocean during a sea burial... 
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A woman waits in line to scatter the ashes of a deceased relative into the ocean during a sea burial... 
A woman waits in line to scatter the ashes of a deceased relative into the ocean during a sea burial ceremony near Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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A woman attends a sea burial ceremony, to scatter the ashes of a deceased relative into the ocean, in... 
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A woman attends a sea burial ceremony, to scatter the ashes of a deceased relative into the ocean, in... 
A woman attends a sea burial ceremony, to scatter the ashes of a deceased relative into the ocean, in Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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A man scatters the ashes of his parents and grandmother into the ocean during a sea burial ceremony near... 
Shanghai, China 
A man scatters the ashes of his parents and grandmother into the ocean during a sea burial ceremony near... 
A man scatters the ashes of his parents and grandmother into the ocean during a sea burial ceremony near Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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A woman reacts after scattering the ashes of a deceased relative into the ocean during a sea burial ceremony... 
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A woman reacts after scattering the ashes of a deceased relative into the ocean during a sea burial ceremony... 
A woman reacts after scattering the ashes of a deceased relative into the ocean during a sea burial ceremony near Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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May 15, 2014 
People observe a moment of silence after scattering the ashes of deceased relatives into the ocean during... 
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People observe a moment of silence after scattering the ashes of deceased relatives into the ocean during... 
People observe a moment of silence after scattering the ashes of deceased relatives into the ocean during a sea burial ceremony near Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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Flowers float on the ocean's surface after a sea burial ceremony near Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos... 
Shanghai, China 
Flowers float on the ocean's surface after a sea burial ceremony near Shanghai 
Flowers float on the ocean's surface after a sea burial ceremony near Shanghai May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 
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