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Sentiment of Expo: Our hearts go out to victims

WHITE lilies and roses and wreaths replaced music and gaiety inside Shanghai's World Expo zone yesterday, the second day of a trial run, as a mark of respect for the Yushu earthquake victims.

"Our hearts go out to the victims," an Expo visitor told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

Officials and visitors observed three minutes of silence at 10am at the Qinghai Pavilion. A donation box was set up in front of the pavilion for the 50,000-odd visitors.

An exhibition section to showcase the scenery of Yushu County before the quake was planned, said Wang Jingpiong, the pavilion director.

Overseas pavilions joined China's in flying the national flag at half mast.

All cultural performances and music playing were suspended at the Expo site.

The Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination had donated 215,400 yuan (US$31,552) to quake victims as of noon yesterday.

Shanghai students also held mourning ceremonies.

Fudan University students paid silent tribute to the victims with a bell-ringing service yesterday morning.

Two students from Qinghai Province rang the century-old bell on campus about 7:50am as others stood in silence.

Students and staff of the university have donated more than 1,300 items of clothing and quilts.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University lowered its flag to half mast in a public square about 7am, with more than 500 students attending. The university gave telephone cards to every student from Qinghai to make it easier for them to contact families.

Some part-time jobs have also been organized for students from the province whose family may have been affected by the quake.

Cinemas in the city halted operations, with refunds offered to ticket holders.

Zhou Qiong, a manager of Stella Cinema City, said "not one person complained."

Li Lan, a manager of Yonghua Cinema, had a similar story of customer respect.

KTVs, Internet cafes and other entertainment venues were also closed.

A note was on the door of Holiday KTV, said: "Operations ceased for national mourning day."

Many online gaming companies shut down services right after midnight on Tuesday.


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