Shanghai 11.15 Jing An Fire Memorials, City Residents Mourn

A woman prays for victims killed in an apartment block blaze, at the entrance of the building, in Shanghai November 17, 2010. China has launched a nationwide crackdown on fire risks after an apartment block blaze in Shanghai that killed at least 53 people, warning officials they could be held responsible. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: DISASTER)

From Tudou:

After the Shanghai Teachers Apartment fire, city residents turn out to mourn

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From KDS:

Photographs from a memorial service held at Jiaozhou Road and Yuyao Road where an apartment building had burned down on November 15th.

Scenes from a memorial service held at Jiaozhou Road and Yuyao Road where an apartment building had burned down on November 15th.

Photographs from a memorial service held at Jiaozhou Road and Yuyao Road where an apartment building had burned down on November 15th.

Scenes from a memorial service held at Jiaozhou Road and Yuyao Road where an apartment building had burned down on November 15th.

Wreaths placed in front of the Jiaozhou Lu teachers apartment complex that burned down.

Flowers placed at the site of the large fire in Shanghai's Jing An district where over 50 people have died.

Photographs from a memorial service held at Jiaozhou Road and Yuyao Road where an apartment building had burned down on November 15th.

A crowd of city residents at a memorial service for the 11.15 building fire disaster in Shanghai.

Crowds of Shanghai city residents gathering at the site of the deadly 11.15 fire that killed over 50 people.

Scenes from a memorial service held at Jiaozhou Road and Yuyao Road where an apartment building had burned down on November 15th.

Crowds and flowers gather at the 11.15 Shanghai fire disaster memorial service.

Crowds at a memorial service at the scene of the building fire in Shanghai.

The burnt building outlined against the late evening sky in Shanghai.

A sign that urges strength for Shanghai.

From KDS:

A woman mourns for victims killed in an apartment block blaze, at the entrance of the building, in Shanghai November 17, 2010. China has launched a nationwide crackdown on fire risks after an apartment block blaze in Shanghai that killed at least 53 people, warning officials they could be held responsible. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY)

People react as they look on at the entrance of a burnt apartment block in Shanghai November 17, 2010. China has launched a nationwide crackdown on fire risks after an apartment block blaze in Shanghai that killed at least 53 people, warning officials they could be held responsible. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY)

A mourner prays for victims killed in an apartment block blaze, at the entrance of the building, in Shanghai November 17, 2010. China has launched a nationwide crackdown on fire risks after an apartment block blaze in Shanghai that killed at least 53 people, warning officials they could be held responsible.  REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY)

A man mourns for the victims killed in an apartment block blaze, at the entrance of the building, in Shanghai November 17, 2010. China has launched a  nationwide crackdown on fire risks after the incident that killed at least 53 people, warning officials they could be held responsible. REUTERS/Aly Song(CHINA - Tags: DISASTER IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A Chinese police holds a bouquet of flowers which was sent by a resident to place at the scene of the huge fire which engulfed a high-rise in Shanghai on November 16, 2010, after construction scaffolding surrounding the building initially caught fire, spreading to the building itself. Shanghai residents voiced anger on over the fire that killed at least 53 people in the latest deadly incident to raise concern over lax safety standards in China.  CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Relatives burn the belongings of their relatives who were killed in the apartment fire in Shanghai, November 16, 2010. Chinese police held eight suspects on Tuesday after a Shanghai apartment fire that killed at least 53 people was blamed on unlicensed welding, in a jolt for the growing number of people who live in high-rises in China. REUTERS/Aly Song(CHINA - Tags: DISASTER)

This photo taken on November 17, 2010 shows flowers and offerings (burning) at an entrance gate to a high-rise where 53 people died on November 15 in a fire in Shanghai. China on November 17 ordered a nationwide overhaul of fire-control measures after the blaze at the Shanghai high-rise killed 53 people and highlighted the country's chronic problem with lax safety enforcement.    CHINA OUT   AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman weeps as she looks at the entrance of a burnt apartment block in Shanghai November 18, 2010. Lax supervision was behind a fire that killed 53 people in a Shanghai apartment building this week, the country's top safety official said on Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency reported. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA)

This photo taken on November 16, 2010 shows residents who lost their homes in a huge high-rise fire on November 15 in Shanghai resting at a gymnasium. China on November 17 has ordered a nationwide overhaul of fire-control measures after the blaze killed 53 people and highlighted the country's chronic problem with lax safety enforcement.   CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman prays for victims killed in an apartment block blaze, at the entrance of the building, in Shanghai November 17, 2010. China has launched a nationwide crackdown on fire risks after an apartment block blaze in Shanghai that killed at least 53 people, warning officials they could be held responsible. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: DISASTER)

This photo taken on November 16, 2010 shows a Chinese policeman (L) receiving a bouquet of flowers from a resident to place at the scene of the huge fire which engulfed a high-rise in Shanghai, after construction scaffolding surrounding the building initially caught fire, spreading to the building itself. China on November 17 has ordered a nationwide overhaul of fire-control measures after the blaze killed 53 people and highlighted the country's chronic problem with lax safety enforcement.   CHINA OUT    AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman (front) holds flowers alongside fellow citizens as they prepare to mourn the victims of an apartment block blaze, at its entrance, in Shanghai November 17, 2010. China has launched a nationwide crackdown on fire risks after an apartment block blaze in Shanghai that killed at least 53 people, warning officials they could be held responsible.  REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: DISASTER)

Residents mourn for their relatives at the entrance of the burnt apartment building in Shanghai, November 17, 2010. China has launched a nationwide crackdown on fire risks after an apartment block blaze in Shanghai that killed at least 53 people, warning officials they could be held responsible.  REUTERS/Aly Song(CHINA - Tags: DISASTER)

This photo taken on November 17, 2010 shows Chinese people arriving with flowers to place at a makeshift memorial at an entrance gate to the high-rise where a huge fire killed 53 people on November 15 in Shanghai. China on November 17 ordered a nationwide overhaul of fire-control measures after the blaze at the Shanghai high-rise killed 53 people and highlighted the country's chronic problem with lax safety enforcement.    CHINA OUT   AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

[These following photographs were posted by a different netizen but on the same post:]

A woman cries on the ground during a memorial for the victims of Shanghai's 11.15 fire.

A group of mourners burning money for the dead during a memorial of the November 15th Shanghai Jiaozhou Road fire.

Mourners burning money for the dead during a memorial for the November 15th Jiaozhou Lu fire.

Mourners carrying flowers to be placed at a memorial for the November 15th Shanghai Jing An district fire.

A group of mourners bow before the scene of a building fire that claimed over 50 lives.

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Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

  • Spanky

    Who wants to bet a government official took bribes for the construction contract?

    • Jordan

      Way to go Spanky, you made fools of these juveniles who claim sofa…

      As to your comment, that is a given.

  • travis

    fiiiiiirst soifa sofa foa

  • falukiller

    2nd Yah
    This really was a sad moment for the people there, though i sympathize with them but i will say the stubborn chinese attitude about ignoring facts will go on after a few weeks when the residents will be left on the streets and forgotten by most of them.

  • Confucius says

    ‘Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.’

    Let this be a lesson, not just to the Chinese, but for all the people in this world.

    • Bill Rich

      Yes. This is the reason that such lessons must be repeated regularly so that all future generations will learn the same lesson.

    • My greatest glory is in learning not to keep tripping over the same rock….

      Hope China can learn the same from this horrible event and best wishes to those who lost loved ones and homes.

  • mrnightcat

    Very moving, thanks for sharing all these. In an ideal world this incident would provoke major change in building safety, but I don’t think we can be optimistic here, which is very unfortunate.

  • An

    proud of Shanghai residents and shamed of the local government.

  • BlackSugarDaddy

    What’s the fuss,huh !??? Everyone dies and every day someone dies !!!!
    Maybe it’s better to die before communist China nukes the whole world !

    • aFOSO

      Don’t BS around. It stinks to your ass.

    • John

      Why don’t you just go crawl under a rock somewhere. Do us all a favor.

    • eattot

      haha, i think your quite funny !

    • Blksugadaddyismabitch

      Fuck u nigga wannta be. Go eat a cock while you’re at it. :)

    • Blksugadaddyismabitch

      Fuck you straight up pussy

      • eattot

        you should go home fk yrself first.
        because u even dare not to use a real nickname.
        animal is animal, no need to waste time on them. if you stand in front of me i would punch at your face directly to treat you as a real man, but just hide behind internet bs as a real pussy.

    • Grim

      no ,no,no,not ‘nuke’,but ‘harmonize’,you’ll see,my friend.

  • torontoONTswagg

    u know i feel really bad for the shanghai public…its very sad and troubling that something like this could happen in a highrise…these are the worst..theres no escape from it….but…this means that with all the infrastructure failures in the past few years, i think its time for the gov’t to step in and actually make the standards a little…well no…ALLLOOOTTTTTTT FUCKIN BETTER…..its innocent lives that dont need to be lost…the chinese govt’ is so cheap when it comes to following building codes that this kinda catastrophe was coming anyway…its just sad that all those lives were lost…maybe this will show China and give China a taste of what kinda suffering USA went thru with the twin towers on 9.11…i know its still bad im not trying to take anything away from that but i see the crying and sadness on the faces then i read about how chinese netizens talk shit about americans and the war and its like, gimme a effing break…nothing can compare to 9.11 but this fire shows u that a building can burn for hours without failing and falling down….so if this building which is constructed shady and cheap and american highrise buildings are built strong, why didnt this shanghai building fall down…becuz 9.11 wasnt terrorists…it was the american gov’t that knocked down those towers with thermite….this is pure evidence

    • JJ

      Look at all these and can the Chinese be proud of the government’s C919 ????????? Can the Chinese be proud of Chang’e-2??????? Its a damn shame for Chinese all over the world.

    • “so if this building which is constructed shady and cheap and american highrise buildings are built strong, why didnt this shanghai building fall down…becuz 9.11 wasnt terrorists…”

      That was the worst use of logic I’ve seen in a long long time…

      • 豆豆

        I think he is referring to the whole 9.11 conspiracy. If you watch “Loose Change 9/11” you’ll see whtat he is talking about. Although I do admit …his/her grammar is alittle off…

    • Somethin Somethin

      I’m back in the States right now. Got me thinking. This would probably get someone in trouble because the government hates NGOs, but why hasnt someone come up with an independent quality and safety board. Food products, building standards, etc. I know that companies do QC and QA but thats for export. If someone could get the Chinese publics buy in on the thing it could work for just about anything.

    • 豆豆

      Its really hard to understand anything you are saying… But if you were in the building or had family who jumped to their deaths you won’t be sitting here comparing which deaths are “better”

  • Bill Rich

    Another illegal gathering to make trouble and shame the government ? These rascals should be arrested and jailed. Even thinking about such a gathering is against the law !!!

    • wogzi

      I’ve been waiting all day for a facetious take on this tragedy. Thanks.

  • Joe

    “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” – Karl Marx

    Wealthy government officials risked the safety of the common people so they could buy more crap. They must be executed!

  • 大 李 飞 刀

    My deep condolence and sincere sympathy to those who died and their families!

  • zammo

    oh, the humanity…

  • sean

    see when tsumani killed over 300,000 people in indonesia, over 200, 000 people in srilanka, over 100,000 people in (Thailand, malaysia, india, bangladesh and maldives) did any chinese people shed tears. Chinese will cry only if their family members die and they have no value for life here. Chinese people and government it’s time for you people to come out of your “selfish” shell and be more natural. To all the chinese who say bad things about the government why don’t you people over throw the current government and elect some one who is more humane ( i guess china has atleast 10% of people who are humane)

    • wogzi

      Oh my good god. This is easily the most racist thing I’ve read on this website.

      Sean, you are the winner. The winner of the ‘most irrational racist’ award.

      Congratulations. The 16th century would love to have you back.

      • sean

        is there one courageous chinese in china who can speak against the govt? if one does that then i agree chinese are not selfish ducks.

        • Spanky

          Duh. Liu Xiaobo. He’s in jail. Nobody in China seems to even know who he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

        • eattot

          damn! how many chinese people you know?
          my father did, that’s why he was sent to jail. my mother did, that’s why at last those people who killed her father had to take care of her mother for all her life. my mother accused government officials a lot , at last they had to give her land and a place to settle down, now even i am the extra kid, i also have a small piece of land when i was just in her belly, they asked her to do abortione everyday.

          • sean

            eattot,

            I know lot of mainland chinese people, What i mean to say is not many chinese people want to speak out, I do agree with what you wrote. That’s what i am trying to point out, The govt is corrupt and it’s run by hooligans.

        • wogzi

          You’re a troll. Tienanmen Square, 1989. A million spoke out in one city. Millions elsewhere held similar rallies. Chinese history points to large movements by the people against the government in power. The Communist revolt was the result of one of these movements (and destabilization of the Qing by outside forces and internal stagnancy, but whatever).

          Go eat some more fiber, Sean. You’re as ignorant as a turd and it’s painful reading your output.

      • sean

        kid think what i meant was true, this is a country run by hooligans and you are nothing but a puppet.

        • wogzi

          Yes, and George W. flew the planes into the WTCs himself with an RC plane remote.

          My most favorite thing is when conspiracy theoridiots look down on people who contest their beliefs and partition them out to be ‘immature’ and ‘unaware’.

          Whatever makes that cave warmer for you, bud.

      • GodsHammer

        That is not even CLOSE to being the most racist thing said on this board. In fact depending on the definition of race it might not even be considered racist. STFU with the kneejerk reactions.

    • Teacher in China

      You, sir, are a gigantic douchebag. Do us all a favour and keep your ignorant rants to yourself.

    • karen

      wow sean, are you serious?

      “why don’t you people over throw the current government…”

      because it’s just a walk in the park to overthrow a government. good suggestion. i will take it on board. let me get my merry band together.

      “is there one courageous chinese in china who can speak against the govt? if one does that then i agree chinese are not selfish ducks.”

      you obviously have no idea of your history. think 1989 and you know what is courage.

      • sean

        dude,

        Atleast we have the right to choose our president, if we are not happy with the govt atleast we have the right to protest against what evils they are doing or atleast we can vote for a better candidate in the next election. All you guys in china does is just follow govt and then just judge every country based on your country relation ship with them.

        Yes i have idea of the history and i know what happened in 1989. Talk about what is happening now, Don’t always go back to the past to find something good about china and also to find something bad about other countries.

        • Chris

          Dude,

          I’m going to assume by “we”, you mean the so called democracy in the US of A.

          I seriously doubt the validity of any choice, when each election is essentially entirely paid for by money generously “donated” by corporations and special interests. Your theory of being able to vote for a better candidate? Explain to me how Bush Jr. got elected twice. How many atrocities has he committed in the name of “peace”, “national security”, and a poorly disguised interest in control petroleum?

          Your comment about Chinese people judging other countries based on our relationships is moot. How do you judge China, except by what you learnt from CNN, MSNBC, and god forbid, FOX (faux) News. You sir, are nothing but a robot spewing propagandas.

          China is not perfect. I would never say it is. To group the entire nation based on your own biased opinion though? Makes you look like a narrow minded individual.

        • Joe

          sean, you make it sound like a coup d’etat is as easgin as scratching your ass. Presidents are just puppets of the military industrial elites.

        • Joe

          You think you have power because you’re in a democracy, but it’s just an illusion. The amount of control you have is marginal. They control the media, they control the banks, they control everything.

        • Justin

          People in China protest, strike and march all the time, probably even more so than in the United States and in China, protests actually mean something. They aren’t neutered actions bereft of passion and substance where people go through the motions of political speech.

          The difference between Chinese protests and American protests is that Chinese protests are often to try to get the attention of the central government. Many blame their problems on local officials and believe (rightly or wrongly) that if they get their petitions in the right hands within the central government, they will have their grievances addressed.

          Democracy in the U.S. is a sham and everyone knows it. What’s the difference between a two-party duopoly which doesn’t represent the general public and a one-party monopoly which doesn’t represent the general public? The one decent institution in U.S. democracy is the 1st Amendment and most of the other rights in the bill of rights, with the exception of the 2nd, which is just a relic.

          Your vote in an American election doesn’t mean jack shit and if you think it does, then you are deluded. China has a system that works for it at the moment and when it stops working for it, the Chinese people will change it THEMSELVES, and change won’t come from some dimestore political philosopher like you.

          In a lot of ways having a one-party system is suitable for China in this stage of development. One thing that is good is that it is efficient in moving to deal with problems such as the environment and the economy. While the U.S. is deadlocked with partisan infighting, China continues to move forward. The price it pays for this is corruption. But once China has the economic basis, social and political reforms will follow one day, but they will happen on its own timetable. So stop trying to view China in a vacuum and hold up your own Western value judgments toward it because it can’t be measured by the same ruler.

    • mankouzanghua

      “Chinese will cry only if their family members die and they have no value for life here.”

      wenchuan earthquake, zhouqu landslide? get out much?

    • Chad

      Sean is a prime example of why I wish the internet weren’t anonymous. We should be able to see who these assholes are.

    • sean_is_clueless

      Get your facts straight dumbass. China along with Hong Kong were the biggest donors of money towards the victims of that disaster. Don’t speak until you have your facts straight. Look up wikipedia for it.

  • true american

    As I watch the people show such emotion it touches the heart as the emotion on the faces are real. Anytime the lose of life come the impact is felt by many. My thought and blessings to those who survived and my love to those who have made the journey!

  • 练练英语

    Will the government take the responsibility?I’ve heard that two migrant workers were detained as scapegoats.

  • hum

    可以发表中文吗?

    [Note from Fauna: 可以]

  • Curren$y

    Overly dramatic.
    Melodramatic.
    50 people died, so what, it’s China.
    Scratch that, it’s SHANGHAI. How many good people are in SHANGHAI. I wish more died. I wish the building collapsed and killed the people who were kan re nao. God knows how many buildings have fallen for way less than this.

  • Bollox78

    why such drama over a regulatory fck up. If people paid more attention to the rules and regulations this wouldnt happen. Safety is optional in this place, be it a taxi ride, crossing the road or the building you live in. Will anyone learn? Probably not, but one thing is for sure, some busy bodies will come around your house /apt and remind you about fire safety now. More proactive and less reactive. And definitely less bloody drama.

  • may their soul rest in peace. What’s wrong with Shanghai, the economic leader of China.

  • manusan

    The roof the roof the roof is on fire
    The roof the roof the roof is on fire
    The roof the roof the roof is on fire
    We don’t need no water let the motherfucker burn
    Burn motherfucker burn

    Hello my name is Jimmy Pop and I’m a dumb white guy
    I’m not old or new but middle school, fifth grade like junior high
    I don’t know mofo’ if y’all peeps be buggin’ give props to my ho ’cause she fly
    But I can take the heat ’cause I’m the other white meat known as Kid Funky Fry
    Yeah I’m hung like planet Pluto hard to see with the naked eye
    But if I crashed into Uranus I would stick it where the sun don’t shine
    ‘Cause I’m kind of like Han Solo always strokin’ my own Whookie
    I’m the root of all that’s evil yeah but you can call me Cookie

    ….

  • GodsHammer

    Why are we blaming the government?? Let’s look at some facts.

    1. The building didn’t burn. Really it was the scaffolding and netting outside the building that burned.
    2. The people died of smoke inhalation.
    3. This fire went on for HOURS. What were the victims doing when the rest were evacuating? Ignoring the alarms, ignoring the clamor. “it’s not my affair” …

    However, the truth of the matter is that this is being blamed on some workers individually when the contractor didn’t have all his ducks in a row concerning insurance and worker training and fire and safety codes etc. But he is the brother in law of the district deputy mayor so, he gets a pass. THAT is the shame in this.