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Ageing China faces dilemma on dying

Imagine a country in which the population is rapidly ageing and yet people do not want to talk about how to care for the elderly because they think it could bring bad luck.

That country is China, where most people do not even write a will, believing that it could actually bring death one step closer.

On the issue of ageing and dying, much of the country has a collective response: "We don't want to talk about it."

As part of the Extreme World series, the BBC's Martin Patience asks is there a best and a worst place to die?

  • 02 Feb 2011