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Entertainment venues close their doors in tribute

Entertainment venues were closed across the city and local websites appeared only in black-and-white yesterday as Shanghai joined the country in mourning the victims of the mudslide in Gansu Province.

At People's Square, the national flag flied at half-mast to mourn the more than 1,200 victims.

At 6am, people doing their morning exercise stopped to watch the flag-raising ceremony. A soldier guarding the flag said many people stopped what they were doing and many drivers pulled over to show respect for the victims.

Monks at the Jade Buddha Temple prayed for the victims and also donated money for reconstruction work in the disaster-struck area.

Cinemas, theaters and nightclubs were all closed yesterday. All entertainment shows were either postponed or canceled. People with tickets will either get refunds or new tickets.

The Shanghai Book Fair organized a mourning activity yesterday. Staffers at the book fair donated money to Zhouqu and set up a collection box. All donated money will be used to restore or rebuild libraries in Zhouqu and buy books for schools.

Various mourning activities were also held at the World Expo site yesterday. All performances at the Expo were cancelled and background music was turned off.

The Gansu Pavilion will not hold any entertainment activities until next month, its spokesman said.

On August 8, heavy downpours triggered landslides and mud-rock flows in Zhouqu County of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

Yesterday was the seventh day after the mudslide. According to Chinese tradition, the mourning period peaks on the seventh day.

This year, China has suffered the worst floods in at least a decade. Floods and other rain-triggered disasters have left more than 2,300 people dead and 1,200 missing.


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