Chinese Christian Cemetery, Pokfulam [1882- ]
Notes from the "Standard Hong Kong Island Tour Commentary":
Hong Kong Chinese Christian Churches Union Pok Fu Lam Road Cemetery
The Hong Kong Chinese Christian Churches Union Pok Fu Lam Road Cemetery also known as Pok Fu Lam Cemetery or Chinese Christian Cemetery was built in 1882. It is a cemetery under the Hong Kong Chinese Christian Churches Union.. It is a cemetery consisting of terraces on the hillside, interconnected with staircases, making it a magnificent view.
The Hong Kong Chinese Christian Churches Union has always functioned on the funds raised by church members. Similarly, the cemetery was built with the funds provided by supporting Christian churches in Hong Kong. A priest from the Chinese Christian Union introduced the idea of creating a cemetery to cater to the needs of fellow Christians, therefore the Union applied to the government in 1882. When the application was approved, the cemetery was built in a large scale starting from the higher contours downwards. From Pok Fu Lam Road, the cemetery was extended to Victoria Road.
It seems to be a mix of permanent and temporary burial plots. This article makes it clear that new burials are rentals:
However, wealthy residents can still find burial plots. The privately owned Chinese Christian Cemetery, on Pokfulam road, is one such location. For non-members the cost of a 10-year rental is $360,000HKD and renewal costs $240,000HKD. For members of the Chinese Christian Union, the cost of burial is discounted by fifty percent, according to cemetery officials.
But there are some old graves here, where it seems unlikely they'd still be paying rentals after so many years. I guess it started out offering permanent burial plots, then at a later date when space was restricted they switched to renting plots instead.
- The "Find a grave" website has a details of a few burials there: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2221035
- A photo of the graveyard in about 1920: http://www.hkmemory.org/postcard/record.php?subject=district&acc_no=89&l...