In order to promote eco-friendly burial, Wenling offers senior residents money from the civil affairs bureau if they sign an agreement choosing sea burial after they decease.
Ahead of Tomb-sweeping Day on April 5, a traditional spring festival during which the Chinese honour their ancestors, fisherman Dai Yuyin and his wife, a couple in their 70s, signed an agreement to have their ashes scattered at sea.
Today is the Chinese #QingMingFestival,also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day in English.On this day,tomb sweeping is one of the most important activities to show respect to ancestors.👃👃 pic.twitter.com/f5fCtDWJWN— Beautiful Guangxi (@Beautifulgx) 5 апреля 2018 г.
"I'm a fisherman. The sea is like my home. I would like to be back home after I die," Dai said, as cited by China Daily.
Chinese tradition holds that the dead should be buried in coffins beside their ancestors, but the custom has put a strain on the populous country's land resources. Thus, green funerals are becoming increasingly popular in China.
"I want to have my ashes scattered at sea, or some other environmentally friendly method of burial," said 27-year-old Gao Yihuan from Xiamen, Fujian province. "Cemeteries are depressing. I'd rather be closer to nature."
China's Ministry of Civil Affairs issued a guideline this month that set a national goal to have green ceremonies make up 50 percent of the annual total by 2020.