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China students impressed with local funeral services

TAIPEI--A group of Chinese students in Taiwan on an exchange program said yesterday that Taiwan's funeral industry is impressive as it offers humanitarian services that show a high degree of respect for the dead.

Nine students from the Funeral Department of the Changsha Social Work College in China's Hunan Province visited funeral facilities and institutions around Taiwan as part of a 30-day program organized by the Jen-Teh Junior College of Medicine, Nursing and Management in Miaoli County.

Compared with China, which has undergone remarkably fast development in the industry, Taiwan offers high quality and humanitarian funeral services, said Wang Zhiguo, the founder of the department and the leader of the group.

Although funeral halls in China are built like five-star hotels, a lot of improvements are still required in terms of services offered, he said.

Taiwan and China could work together to promote the industry through mutual learning as the two sides share such similar cultural traits, Wang went on.

Taiwan's funeral industry is flexible and dedicated to meet all the demands of family members, one student noted.

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