Zeng Jia, 22, wanted to experience her own burial service while she was still alive.
So she spent a fortune on a full-blown ceremony with mourners, flowers and photographers.
To make her body look more convincingly dead she hired a team of make-up artists who specialise in making dead people look more lifelike.
Zeng, from Wuhan, Hubei province, China, said: ‘It struck me that people spend all that time and effort on someone when they are gone and they cannot appreciate it.
‘I wanted to see what people would think of me so I decided to hold my funeral while I could enjoy it.’
Mourners at the service filed past Zeng’s open-casque coffin, decorated with chrysanthemums, to sprinkle petals over her body.
And a man in military dress uniform stood guard as the service was conducted.
After lying in state for an hour — complete with a Hello Kitty doll on her chest and origami doves hanging above her coffin — Zeng got up to join her own wake.
She added: ‘Experiencing death has made me appreciate life more keenly.’