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China Mourns Quake Dead


From yesterday, May 19th, when you browse Chinese websites, you’ll find something changed — the font color of webpages has been changed to black and white.

Yes, that’s one of what China is doing to mourn for quake victims.

On May 18th, China announced three-day mourning for quake victims, suspension for torch relay. The State Council, the Cabinet, on Sunday ordered a nationwide display of respect for the dead. The Olympic torch relay will also be suspended from Monday to Wednesday, the Olympic organizing committee said. China’s diplomatic missions abroad were also ordered to observe the order, and condolence books are to be opened in the Foreign Ministry and Chinese embassies and consulates around the world.

The public are asked to stand in silence for three minutes from 2:28 p.m. on Monday, while automobiles, trains, and ships would sound their air sirens. Financial markets also suspended trading for three minutes.

Flags have been kept at half-mast and all public amusements are suspended for three days from Monday as China began an official mourning period for victims of the May 12 earthquake.

From leaders to down, all Chinese are mourning for quake victims.

Yesterday afternoon, several minutes before 2:28 came, I was being in a bus in Beisihuan Xilu of Beijing. When it was 2:28 sharp, all vehicles stopped and sounded their sirens. Passers-by also stopped and stood in silence. And from the video screen on the bus, I saw thousands of people shouting "Go, Go, China!" "Brave and strong, China!" and "Brave and Strong, Wenchuan!” "Hang on, Sichuan!"

At that time, colors which belonged to China were just black and white. What Chinese people felt was only sadness. People all over the China and overseas Chinese prayed for the quake dead.

China is carrying through its first-ever national mourning for quake victims.

We pray for people who died in the deadly quake. And we hope the survivors could walk out of shadow of the tragedy soon.






Author: jleecute

a native Chinese man who wants to know the world better -------- We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopeless is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.

9 thoughts on “China Mourns Quake Dead

  1. 愿逝者安息,愿生者坚强 Everything will be good.

  2. Wow…just come by…excellent English…>O<
    English major?

  3. 回踩一下

  4. 晕,首先谢谢你对我的夸奖啊~!不过我腰上还是有一层能抓起来的保险圈,还有后背所以一定要减掉,要么等上了年龄了再发福一些就真的没发看了,本来就不高,再来个啤酒肚,那就真的没法出门了~!法语一直没有认真学过,所以我的词汇量很小,好多东西都是用到了才知道怎么写,还有更多干脆不知道的平时就解释,因此我法语进步的速度基本为零,所以提高空间还有银河系那么大~!

  5. 这次的灾难提醒了我们生命的短暂和可贵,珍惜和帮助身边的朋友和亲人吧!

  6. 一切都会好起来的~!

  7. 四川会挺过来的,世界都在帮忙…

  8. best wishes to the victims to chinese to the world!

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