Chinese relatives of passengers from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have prayed at a Beijing temple to mark six months since the plane went missing despite attempts from police to persuade them to leave.

One of the relatives, Dai Shuqin, said more than 30 people gathered outside the Lama Temple on Monday and listened to another relative talk about how much he missed his daughter. Many of the family members broke into tears in the presence of journalists.

Dai said police then tried to separate reporters from relatives and told the family members not to enter the temple in a big group. The family members later entered the temple in smaller groups.

The jetliner disappeared March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. Most of the passengers were Chinese.