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Jin Yong's body cremated after private ceremony

2018-11-13 HKT 14:45
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  • A fan signs a book of condolences at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. Photo: AP
    A fan signs a book of condolences at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. Photo: AP
Family and friends of Louis Cha paid their final tributes to the Chinese literary giant on Tuesday as his body was cremated at Po Lin Monastery.

Hong Kong's most prominent novelist and best-selling author, who was known by his pen name Jin Yong, died at the age of 94 on October 30.

The funeral service was a private event as he had wanted, and among those attended were former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and Alibaba's Jack Ma.

On Monday, many state leaders including President Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang had sent wreaths as a mark of respect to Jin Yong, widely regarded as the most popular modern Chinese novelist.

A book of condolence was opened on Monday at a gallery dedicated to him at the Heritage Museum in Sha Tin, and a large number of people queued up to write messages in it.

The book will be open to the public until the end of this month.

Jin Yong novels were in the wuxia genre about virtuous kung-fu masters in ancient China and his famous titles included The Legend of the Condor Heroes, Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, and The Deer and the Cauldron.

He was also a co-founder of the Ming Pao newspaper, and served various public duties, including as a member of the Basic Law Drafting Committee.