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Hong Kong, apartment buildings

Hong Kong, apartment buildings
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Monday, January 1, 1940
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When someone died in an apartment it's  customary for the relatives to build a ramp passage with bamboo poles and planks of wood leading down to the street where the funeral prossession would take place.

 

Hi there,

I guess it had had its practical use as the Chinese style coffins wouldn't possible go through the narrow staircase of the houses back in those days.  I also tend to believe back then, when somebody dies, they would have some traditional rituals to be performed at home before moving to the cemetory.

Best Regards,

T

There's some more about this topic over here.