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Date posted: 13/06/2010
Even Hong Kong's dead cannot escape the Internet after the government Thursday opened the electronic gates on a brand new virtual graveyard.
In Chinese culture, relatives are expected to visit the cemetery at least once a year to pay their respects. But now, mourners can simply visit memorial.gov.hk and set up a page free-of-charge.
Up to 100,000 users can upload photos and videos of their loved ones, write descriptions and offer condolences.
Family and friends can make traditional offerings, as is the Chinese custom, by using "emoticon" symbols depicting fruit, flowers and candles.
There are even emoticons for roast pigs, chickens and paper money -- all popular graveside offerings in Chinese tradition.
Mourners can also upload any special images that their dead relative loved, such as the racing pages from a newspaper or a tasty bowl of their favourite noodles.
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