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Residents' anxiety at tombs by roadside

TOMBS built next to the highway linking Qingpu District and downtown are upsetting nearby residents who fear they will bring bad luck.

The tombs first appeared five years ago near Zhuguang Road as two simple mounds. But in time they have become increasingly elaborate.

Qingpu funeral authorities are investigating the case.

A headstone shows they contain the ashes of people buried in the 1970s.

One nearby resident, surnamed Zhang, complained that the tombs are in front of his balcony, which makes him feel very uncomfortable.

"I have been asking the authorities for help on the affair for the past year," he said.

The Qingpu District Funeral and Interment Management Office said the owner of the tombs had been traced but was reluctant to move the graves without high compensation.

Many Chinese believe living near tombs is inauspicious.


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