Expensive tombs in Hong Kong, up to 430 thousand dollars for a niche

Living in Hong Kong is expensive, and so is dying. In addition to the skyrocketing real estate market, the Chinese metropolis, one of the most densely populated areas in the world, is experiencing a rise in tomb prices. Costs range from $53,000 for a space reserved for a single urn (the size of a shoebox), up to $430,000 for an 8-seat family niche.

The Shan Sum Tower in Hong Kong

Among the most expensive cemeteries in Hong Kong is definitely the Shan Sum tower, in the industrial district of Kwai Chung. It is a private structure 12 stories high and decorated inside with marble finishes. The brainchild of businesswoman Margaret Zee and designed by German architect Ulrich Kirchhoff, the tower seats up to 23,000: prices range between $76,000 for niches containing two urns and $430,000 for family tombs . At the disposal of visiting loved ones there is also a space on the roof, terraces, an air conditioning system and “geolocation” apps to guide visitors inside the building. Practically, the cost of a “residence for the deceased” in the Chinese region is higher than that of a luxury villa on the hill of The Peak (one of the most expensive and exclusive land in Hong Kong).

The most expensive deceased residence

Contrary to what one might think, Shan Sum Tower is not the most expensive cemetery in the area. In first place in the ranking, according to the Consumer Council, is the complex located in the northern suburb of Fanling: it is a sort of temple, where a space for an urn costs around 660,000 dollars, not counting the management costs that amount to 25 thousand dollars. As CNN points out, these investments might not scare Hong Kong’s scrooge, if it weren’t for the fact that the “luxury rest” is only guaranteed for ten years, i.e. the maximum duration of the private license of the structure issued by the Hong government Kong.