The new geography of death in Shanghai (1)

We have just posted a new map  that shows the distribution of funeral parlors and cemeteries in contemporary Shanghai. This is part of a long-term project on the history of death in the city. The map shows the location and size of cemeteries.  The largest cemeteries are quite clearly almost all distributed at the fringe of the municipality, far away from the urban districts.  One should not forget that the size of the Shanghai municipality as shown on this map is 6,340 sq. km. To pay respect to one’s ancestors means traveling rather long distances for most Shanghai residents. Yet burials are still limited in numbers and allowed only after cremation.

Cite this blog post
Christian Henriot (2011, May 23). The new geography of death in Shanghai (1). Blog Virtual Shanghai. Retrieved April 18, 2024, from

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2 Responses

  1. Paul Vos says:

    Dear Sir, Madam,
    Is this site still “alive”?
    I’m searching for the funeral place where my uncle could have been burried in 1951 in Shanghai. He was a catholic priest. Could there be a possibility to help me to find his grave? HIs name was Jef Vos
    Kind regards, Paul

    • It is alive, even if on a slow mode. Yet I do not provide individual research services. My book lists the foreign cemeteries in Shangai and their fate. I have an upcoming chapter in an online book at Stanford UP that will also provide on line mapping along with the text.

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