Monday, October 18, 2010

Chinese Cemetery

Above: Chinese cemetery near Beijing. Photo gallery below.


TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing
PICTORIAL - Timeless Way of Respect

It was Saturday morning in October. After one hour drive on Badaling Expressway towards Ming Dynasty tombs, I arrived to TianShouYuan Cemetary. Area belongs to Changping county which now is part of Beijing.

Three bridges at cemetery entrance lead to the main gate. Over the bridges, a white stone monument with waterfalls, steps on both sides lead up to the square and service buildings.

TianShouYuan Cemetery is known for actors , writers, and crosstalk personalities. There is Chinese actress Chen XiaoXu who was Lin DaiYu in the famous novel Red Mansion. There can be found crosstalk personality Hou YaoWen. His statue is outside a pavillion where his parents, statues, sit. His father Hou BaoLin was also famous for crosstalk.

Cemetary has 6000 places, mostly small groups in the park which surrounds a small pond. There are 16 family trees, each with 16 places.

This was not my first visit to TianShouYuan Cemetery. My Beijinger friend died a year ago and this trip was to visit his place again. His funeral started early Sunday morning. Car caravan drove from hospital to crematorium. Viewing, speeches, orchestra, a lot of flowers. White flowers, red armbands. Two hours later we drove to this cemetery. Burial, sealing. White flower burning. The process was timeless and respectful.

Mood music covers the whole cemetery area. Slow, harmonious rhythms by saxophone were Kenny G's Going Home, familiar from Chinese trains and shopping centers.


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Pictures by Canon 40D with EF-S 10-22mm and zoom. Click to enlarge.


Above-1: Towards TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing.
Badaling Expressway.


Above-2: TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing. Bridges.


Above-3: TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing. Main gate.


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Above-8: TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing. Main square.


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Above-11: TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing. Family trees.


Above-12: TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing. Family trees.


Above-13: TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing. Family trees.


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Above-35: TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing. Platform.


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Above-38: TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing. View from platform.


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Above-53: TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing.
Actress Chen XiaoXu was Lin DaiYu in Red Mansion.


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Crosstalk personality Hou YaoWen. His parents are inside pavillion. His father Hou BaoLin was also famous for crosstalk.


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Above-58: TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing. Main square.


Above-59: TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing. Shop.


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Above-63: TianShouYuan Cemetery in Beijing. Main gate.


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Above-66: Road from TianShouYuan Cemetery back to Beijing.


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