Near reservoir in Shanmen Temple in Longquanyi District, there is a special pet cemetery, burying pets which had accompanied with owners for many years. Hundreds of tombstones were erected under fruit trees in rows.
There are more than three pet cemeteries like this in Chengdu, which first arose in 2012. These cemeteries are in the private woodlands without sign, away from the city. The price of graves can range from a couple of hundred to several thousand yuan, in which the highest reached 12,000 yuan.
Dolls and flowers are placed near the pet graves in the pet cemetery in Longquanyi District. In addition, there are still some special offerings, like bones, calcium tablet and ham. Miss Peng, the owner of pet Niuniu, said that she would sacrifice and renovate the tomb every month with a new toy to replace the old one.
From May in 2015 to now, Miss Peng often comes here to visit her dog each month. Even if her mother-in-law, aged 80, has some trouble with walking, her mother-in-law insists to accompanying with her every time. They come here and have a talk for half an hour, and then drive back home in Chengdu urban area which is more than 80 km long.
It's common to see people like Miss Peng choosing pet cemetery in Chengdu. The pet cemetery is divided into two kinds, tree burials and tomb burials. The lowest price of the cemetery costs 300 yuan, but the most expensive is more than ten thousand. Their pets must be cremated or buried in whatever tombs. The service of cremation ranges from 360 yuan to 1000 yuan, calculated by weight. After payment in one instalment, they don't need to pay another management fee any more.
According to the head of pet cemetery in Love Villa, Pujiang, this pet cemetery was built from ten years ago, which has thousands of graves here currently. There is a tombstone making of white marble, carved into the shape of an angel, which costs 12,000 yuan. He said most owners would come here to visit their dead pet.
A middle-aged woman was the most impressive in his mind, who always comes here each week for two years. “Flowers are always fresh in front of the tombstone.”
The head of dandelion pet cemetery in Longquan said there are almost 3000 graves currently, 50% of which are tree burials and tomb burials. The latest three years, order quantity is increasing by 20%. The number of people in Qingming Festival who come to visit is twice than weekdays. 90% of buried pets is dog, 5% is cat and others are mink, rabbit and hamster and so on.