2:28pm today in Beijing
By Alan Hargreaves-Oracle on May 19, 2008
I have just had a unique experience.
At 2:28pm today outside the Beijing Office I am currently in, the city stopped. It was exactly one week since the earthquake.
The streets were filled with people simply standing respectfully.
For three minutes all that could be heard were car horns and sirens, and (I am told later on) an air raid siren also was sounded.
I had known from the paper this morning this was going to happen, but nothing prepared me for just how touching this was. I had shivers running up and down my spine and in remembrance I could feel myself tearing up.
For that three minutes China stopped to pay respect to those lost. You could feel the solemnity.