China Wails for Quake Dead

Shanda, a leading interactive entertainment and media company, announced that in accordance with the government's request, it will reconvene its online gaming after the period of mourning.

The country's most heavily trafficked Web portals such as Sohu and Sina are conveying their respect with black and white home pages, devoid of their usually colorful and animated photos and articles.

Tudou.com, China's most popular video site, posted only earthquake-related videos although other content was still available by search.

Recreational activities are on hold in memory of earthquake victims. Movie theaters in Beijing closed their doors and entertainment cable channels such as HBO were unavailable for viewing in cities across the country, including Shanghai and Chengdu.

"Because there's no entertainment, our Chinese opera performance was canceled," said Mutler, who is visiting Beijing from Canada.

According to China's state-run Xinhua news agency, a mourning period of this scale is the first of its kind for the general public since the death of Chairman Mao Zedong.

As of Sunday evening, $187 million in cash and relief goods had been raised for quake-stricken areas in Sichuan province, according to the China Daily.

To make a donation to earthquake relief funds, please visit http://donate.ifrc.org/

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