Developers have decided that what the 900,000 people living in Wuhan’s Xinzhou district really need is an 800 million yuan cemetery complete with a scale replica of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven.
According to the Hubei Daily, the project – which covers over 400 mu (26.6 hectares) – can house around 130,000 urns.
A spokesperson for Wuhan Jinhui Company of Cultural and Ecological Gardens told reporters that the cemetery is an “ecological project” which will promote tourism, because there’s nothing tourists like more than visiting graveyards, particularly those with fake versions of an attraction almost 1,200 kilometres away.
Local authorities will determine the price of plots in the cemetery when it is completed some time next year.
Cemetery prices in many major Chinese cities are outpacing the already extortionate cost of housing, as many speculators shift their focus from property to graves.