Christmas has come and gone, but the echo still lingers. For many people, this is the first real Christmas after more than two years of fighting for freedom with COVID. Everyone is looking forward to a happy new year.
However, people don’t even dare to talk about Christmas in China. There are no words to describe Christmas here but “dreary.”
As Shanghai asks residents to stay in on Christmas, netizens re-shared this video of a scene at a funeral home in Shanghai, with hundreds of people waiting in line to get a registration number to take their loved ones to cremation.
At the morgue of Oriental Hospital in Shanghai, many bodies are waiting to be taken away.
At a funeral home in Changsha, Hunan Province, crowds of people line up holding death certificates. They waited to register for the cremation of their loved ones.
At the coordinates of Hebei province, people circulating on the road recorded the scene of thick smoke rising from the Tangshan funeral home.
From another angle, the cameraman said that the cars rented by people to carry family members to cremation were packed around the funeral home area.
On December 27, netizens shared a video recorded in Shenyang (沈阳),
Liaoning, the person recording the video, says that in this place, they had to requisition 1m2 cabins as temporary morgues.
Also, in Liaoning, the freezer compartment at Anshan Funeral Home was full and fresh corpses were piled up on the ground from indoor to outdoor garages.
On social media sites, instead of Christmas trees or family parties, people post pictures of their loved ones’ ashes or film scenes of taking their COVID-positive family members to the hospital.
But what’s waiting for them are overcrowded hospitals and shortages of medicine.
Somewhere in a village, a public bulletin board is plastered with obituaries from the villagers. Often prominent figures in the local government will prioritize being informed by obituaries.
The streets of Beijing were empty on December 23. A local resident shared on social media that the price of cremation services skyrocketed in Beijing on Christmas Eve. It took her 60,000 yuan to get her father-in-law to be cremated.
@Xina Tea Language posted, “Christmas Eve, coordinate Zhuozhou crematorium. My father-in-law passed away at the age of 88. Beijing urban cremation has already started at 60,000 yuan, or it will be queued.”
Chinese people are not ready to welcome the new year yet. They have too much to say, but news censorship makes it difficult for their voices to reach the outside world.