Generation Gap: On Tomb-Sweeping Day Traditions

By Yuka Hayashi, April 1, 2019

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'Generation Gap' is a monthly series where we talk to two Beijingers from two different generations about a random topic. This time we ask Shi, 42 and Zhou, 18 about their traditions during Qingming Festival.

How will you be spending your time during Tomb-Sweeping Festival?

Shi, 42


“Since I only get one day off this year, I think I will first visit the gravesite to pay my respects and then hang out in the Beijing suburbs. The flowers are blooming so I think it will be the perfect time to take some pretty pictures. Honestly I wish the break was longer – then I could’ve gone to Japan, which is where I love to go every break! I love going to the hot springs in Hokkaido, though it will probably be too hot there now."

Zhou, 18


“I’m going to spend my time with my family and will remember my grandfather. He was ethnically North Korean but lived in Kazakhstan. He lost his life trying to save someone else’s life in a local park. My grandpa loved being in the nature, so we will probably spend some quiet and peaceful time away from the city over the Qing Ming holiday so we can feel more connected to him. I do remember the warmth of him, but it’s hard to recall some of the little bits of memories on a daily basis, so I wish to spend time to appreciate the little memories I had with him.”

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