Photographer's Note

These tombs are common in the mountainous region surrounding the city of Chongqing in Southwest China. I understand that they can be found in and around other cities such as Yibin and Neijiang in Sichuan Province. I do not know the history of this style of tomb, but I do know a little bit about these particular ones. Most of the dates are in the 1980's with the latest ones about 1992. People buried their relatives here because it was cheap (presumably free except for what it would cost to hire a person to chissle out the hole. In recent years, the government has encouraged people to move the remains to proper cemetaries, but a few of the tombs are still sealed with concrete suggesting no one has come back for the remains. Most of this style of tomb can be seen on cliffs facing rivers. This particular group is above Hua Long Qiao, but others can be seen along the river road up and down both sides of the Jialing River. I estimate the number of tombs in this group to be about 500.

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