University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: BL02-101. This photograph is from an album entitled "Chronicle of a Tour of Pelissier's Follies". Pelissier's Follies was a British theatre troupe set up by the English producer H.G. Pelissier. The group toured Asia in 1911 including stops at Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tientsin (Tianjin) and Canton (Guangzhou). According to Lord Hamilton, the "City of the Dead" is "not a cemetary, but a collection of nearly a thousand mortuary chapels." For more information and source: Lord Frederic Hamilton, Here, There and Everywhere (1921, reprint 2006), p. 45.
Coffins and bearers at the 'City of the Dead', Canton (广州)
Saturday 25 March 1905
Black and white photograph