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Young morticians in China

(Xinhua)

07:59, May 15, 2012

Mortician Lin Peijie (R) teaches her student Zhang Baicheng to practice encoffining on May 10.(Xinhua/Ju Huangzong)

Edited and tranlsated by Liang Jun, People's Daily Online

"Now, we help you wash your face, " said Lin Peijie, a 24-year-old mortician, to the "deceased” lying on the bed beside her. Then she gently applied the cleanser to the face of the "deceased” and gave him a carefully facial massage.

The "deceased", like the other people standing next to Lin is a student of Lin Peijie. They are required to pretend to be the dead in turn and make practice every afternoon.

They were all born after 1990 and learn how to become a mortician in a funeral service center in Jiaxing, a city of eastern China’s Zhejiang province.

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