The critical issue of space shortage in Hong Kong means that even the city's more than 40 billionaires will struggle to buy a final resting place on their home turf.
Land shortages in the late 1970s forced Hong Kong to ban construction of new permanent burial sites, and public cemeteries were ordered to ensure the remains of the deceased be exhumed and cremated after six years to make way for newcomers. But the policy has done little to alleviate the grave shortage in a city where more than 40,000 people die each year.
Some get lucky if relatives choose to have the remains of a loved one removed from a public burial site to be cremated, opening the prized permanent space to a lottery system, but plots may only be available every few years. The only other way is if the deceased is a member of a church that has a private graveyard with a plot available, a very rare instance that can cost up to HK$3mil (RM1.25mil).