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In pictures: China mourns

Chinese flag at half mast in Shanghai

China has begun three days of mourning for victims of the Sichuan earthquake, which has left more than 70,000 people dead, buried under rubble or missing.

People in main square in Chengdu hold hands for the three-minute silence

In Chengdu, the provincial capital, people held hands to observe a three-minute silence in honour of the victims.

Earthquake victims in Beichuan cry during three-minute silence

In Beichuan, one of the worst affected towns, the silence was an emotional moment for survivors.

Woman stands by ruins of home in An county

For many, the sense of loss has been overwhelming.

Students of Longxiang High School, Ruian, eastern China

The silence, the first time China has marked an occasion like this for its people, was observed throughout the country.

Man cheers at Tiananmen Square gathering

In Beijing, the event was an opportunity for a display of patriotism, as the crowds shouted "Long live China".

Candlelit vigil in Chengdu

Solemn ceremonies continued into the night, like this candlelit vigil in Chengdu.

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