Those unable to pay their respects to their ancestors in person this Tomb Sweeping Day because of coronavirus prevention regulations can have cemetery workers do it for them.
Tomb Sweeping Day or Qingming Festival is a time for people in China to honor their ancestors by tidying up their graves. This year, it falls on April 4.
While the holiday typically draws big crowds to cemeteries across the country, authorities have capped visitor numbers and set up an online reservation system this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
If you aren’t able to book a spot, workers at Beijing’s Babaoshan Cemetery can always do the honoring for you.
Photos published online show a three-person team dressed in protective scrubs going around to the graves of strangers’ ancestors to clean, bow, and leave behind flowers.
Similar systems have been set up at Shanghai’s cemeteries where all 160,000 Tomb Sweeping Day slots have now been taken.