In line with this, today at 2:28pm (China Central Time, the time the quake struck seven days ago), China will observe a 3 minute moment of silence.
Whether you are in China or not, we hope all our readers will take part in this small gesture to remember the victims of this unthinkable tragedy.
Original State Council Notice
The (rough) Lost Laowai translation:
The State Council has decided that May 19-20, 2008, will be a national mourning period where all people can show their deep condolences for the victims of the Sichuan Wenchuan earthquake. At this time, all national and foreign institutions shall lower their flags to half-mast, and stop public recreational activities. The Foreign Ministry and China’s embassies and consulates have set up a condolence book for signing.
At 14:28 on May 19, people across the country should observe silence for three minutes, upon completion of which cars, trains, ship whistles, and air defense alarms will ring.