Black lace bras, see-through panties, and wedding dresses are among the racier paper offerings on sale ahead of the Ching Ming festival, during which believers burn likenesses of items their late loved ones would like in heaven.

Other items sold in a city store that specialises in the religious offerings include paper cars, servants, clothes and shoes, jewellery and even mobile phones.




More traditional offerings like money are also on sale but staple items such as food have been given a facelift, with luxury dishes like lobster, garoupa and abalone on the ritual menu, Apple Daily said.



With economic ties bringing China and the territory closer together, shop owner To Chin-sung said he had started selling fake Chinese currency.



US and Indonesian currencies are also available for those who want their ancestors to “travel” abroad, he said.



This year’s Ching Ming festival falls on Tuesday next week, when Chinese families will show their respect by visiting graves of their ancestors.



Among they day’s rituals, they will also clear away weeds and touch up gravestone inscriptions before offering wine and fruit.



Thanks to the recovering economy To said customers are willing to spend several thousands of dollars on paper offerings, including effigies of Playstation game consols and pet cats.



“When children and grandchildren are making good money, they also want to treat their ancestors,” he was quoted as saying.

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