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These Are The Least Creepy Photos From A Pet Cemetery You'll Ever See

China's annual "Tomb-Sweeping Day," a day to pay respects to the deceased, has been extended to pets.

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In China, spring is a time to think about the past. During Qingming, commonly known as "Tomb-Sweeping Day," millions of Chinese people visit cemeteries to pay tribute to their deceased family members — which in recent years has extended to pets.

The ancient holiday falls on April 4 this year. But for the past two weeks, many people have felt that the dust on the tombs was too much and couldn't wait to give them an early sweeping.

The stories told to Reuters at Baifu Pet Cemetery on the outskirts of Beijing are just lovely. Qingqiu here is visiting the grave of Huoban (which means "partner" in English), her previous dog, with Huoban Jr, her current partner.

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Huoban died at the age of 15. “Huoban was very clever, it picked up skills quickly. Being able to visit it here makes me feel like we haven't lost our connection,” Qingqiu told Reuters.

Liu Dazhuang, the pet dog buried here, may even have been a little spoiled in life. Its owner Ma Ying here cleans the glass case surrounding the grave, which is itself decorated with flowers, a bathtub, and an Angry Bird doll.

The pet tombs are no different than human graves: They have the pets' names, birthdays, death dates, photos, and epitaphs. Pet owners pay at least $300 for the tombs plus an annual fee for maintenance by workers like Zhang Youwang here.

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More and more pet graves can be found throughout the country, especially in big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu.

This pet dog, Xixi, was born in March 1998 and passed away on Oct. 27, 2014. The Chinese characters on the gravestone read: "Mommy's only good son." It must have been 16 great years that they spent together.

"For those who never raise a pet, it's indeed hard for them to understand the meaning of this," gravestone designer Zhang Youwang told Reuters, "...but pets are just like people. They are people."

Beimeng Fu is a BuzzFeed News World Reporter covering China and is based in New York.

Contact Beimeng Fu at beimeng.fu@buzzfeed.com.

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