Death simulator becomes a hit in China

Death simulator becomes a hit in China

A death simulator has become a huge sensation in China.

The Samadhi Death Simulator was set up in the country's biggest city of Shanghai and hopes to encourage people to come to terms with the moments just before they die and what happens to them afterwards.

Morbid folk who have been dying to find out what it is like to pass away flocked to the mock-up death chamber to satisfy their curiosity.

Participants met their death when they laid down on a giant conveyor belt that carried them into an oven like enclosure where they pretended to 'die' and were then 'cremated'.

Shortly after, the dead experienced a rebirth by being carried into an enclosure made of white latex that is intended to depict a 'womb'.

Finally, they slide out of the womb into a ball pit and are reborn.

One visitor Lu Siwei said the experience made him feel calm about the inevitability of death but also challenged him to focus on "life's problems".

He said: "This is a really interesting feeling. It at least gives you the chance to calm down, and brings you back to earth to think about some of life's problems. I think this is different. When you walk through that door, you will experience some changes in your mentality, and it will be different from what it was before you entered.

"I think this is really great, and very worthwhile."