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.