China-based Twitterers too observed a 3 minute silence on the 3 minute silence that took place from 14:28 to 14:31 just now to mark the first of three days of national mourning, and this is what they said immediately afterwards.
inwalkedbud There was just a moment of ‘silence’ for the earthquake. Cars stopped and blasted their horns for three minutes, whilst people watched.
xiaomiao Is that the Chinese interpretation of “silence”? Still, whatever it was, it was good that everyone thought about the victims together.
apgalbraith Traffic actually stopped at jinling/xizang lu. Stood in the park to watch the CCTV broadcast. Very moving
lonniehodge Still many decibels below normal noise level here in S. GZ
feng37 Here in Panyu everyone started honking their car horns, a city wailing for the dead. Then the air sirens stopped and the horns stopped too.
pandapassport What Dalian sounded like just now: http://www.pandapassport.co…
lonniehodge Somehow the siren seemed fitting. It was like a photograph 27 floors below us on the street. Even the traffic stopped.
niubi Sadly my meeting kept going. I m only non-chinese in it, the other guys didn’t stop. Didn’t think my place 2 tell them 2 b silent.
singaporeano A marine police boat just parked itself in front of our office by the Suzhou River and blared its sirens.
imagethief Standing in TAM. Crowd chanting “long live China”. Started fitfully then built.
marcvanderchijs Very impressive 3 minutes of mourning in SH. All sirens went off, cars blowing horns. Traffic stopped completely and all people stood still.
papajohn @ajschokora I asked my wife, and she said that during 默哀是心里默默地. Cultural differences, I guess…
AlexBowman Office poll going on. First moment of silence anyone can remember since Deng’s funeral.
apgalbraith @ajschokora 全国人民默哀3分钟，届时汽车、火车、舰船鸣笛，防空警报鸣响
ajschokora was it explicitly supposed to 3 minutes of silence or just focused mourning? I am utterly confused…..
lonniehodge Construction site enxt to me was quite for the first time in months. Moving to see all workers with yellow hats off and heads down.
Maria_Trombly my ears are still ringing
Maria_Trombly there were some VERY loud horns blowing in the distance, too — maybe air raid sirens or disaster sirens
michaeldarragh That was the loudest 3-minutes of silence I have ever heard – and I’m on the 27th floor
kaiserkuo Very moving three minutes of silence. Saw many people standing outside, respectful and stock-still.
AlexBowman Seemingly everyone in Dalian beeped their horns and rang bells.
dedlam Traffic Stopped on Tianshan Rd. Horns blaring for 3 minutes. It was beautiful.
Maria_Trombly many employees — including my staff — went outside during hte three minutes
ajschokora maybe I missed a memo, but my 3 minutes of silence in SH was filled with an air raid siren & honking horns….can anyone help me understand?
Maria_Trombly all traffic in downtown shanghai stopped — and everybody blew their horns
Maria_Trombly that was the loudest three minutes of silence i’d ever heard
papajohn That was the loudest three minutes of silence I’ve ever seen. Everyone marked here by laying on their horns.
Video of those 3 minutes taken by Dedric Lam from his office window. Audio clip taken by Megan Shank here.
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