Yuan Longping’s funeral draws thousands as China mourns ‘father of hybrid rice’
China on Monday staged a funeral for Yuan Longping, the agronomist known as “the father of hybrid rice”, with large crowds gathering in the central city of Changsha.Yuan died on Saturday aged 90. The funeral ceremony, held at Mingyangshan funeral home in Changsha on Monday morning, drew tens of thousands of people from across the country.
Holding flowers and handwritten letters, people lined up to enter the memorial hall, Beijing News’ live stream showed. Others laid chrysanthemums at the roadside, while flowers were also delivered from further afield, state media reported.