Yesterday, today and tomorrow are 3 national days of mourning. It’s all a little bit weird. We’ve never really experienced national days of mourning before that I can recall. All the ‘entertainment’ channels on the TV (Discovery, National Geographic + movie channels) have been blocked as part of the Mourning Days.
Yesterday at 2:28pm there was 2 mins silence in the office buildings. At Andrew’s work everyone stood in silence, and outside the apartment all the cars stopped where they were and tooted their horns for that time. I hadn’t received the memo about it all, so looked out the window at the noise to see the traffic on Shennan Dong Road completely unmoving. I thought it might have been caused by an accident, but all cars had stopped. It was like seeing a moment in time captured in front of your eyes.
The above photo is of the TV screen on a blocked channel. I’ve written it out below:
Dear subscribers, According to an announcement of the State Council of People’s Republic of China, May 19 to May 21, 2008 are national mourning days. In order to express our heartfelt condolences for the victims of the disastrous earthquake in Wenchuan, Sichuan Province, we will suspend the relay of overseas channels with limited landing rights that contain entertainment programmes during the above period. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 2008 /5/ 19