The remains of the victims of NATO's bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade arrived home in Beijing on Wednesday.
At the airport to mourn their deaths, along with their grieving relatives and hundreds of workers, was Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao.
Arriving too on the same flight, some 20 injured embassy staff, who were ferried away to nearby hospitals by a fleet of ambulances.
The cremated remains of the three journalists killed during NATO's bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade last Friday arrived home in Beijing on Wednesday aboard a special charter flight.
Grieving relatives alongside Chinese officials, including Vice President Hu Jintao, were at the airport to receive their urns.
Hundreds of children, factory workers, soldiers and officials were also present to pay their respects to the victims of the bombardment.
Friday's bombing killed Shao Yunhuan, 48, of the official Xinhua News Agency, and Xu Xinghu, 29, and his wife, Zhu Ying, 27, both of the Guangming Daily, a national newspaper geared toward intellectuals.
Ten ambulances ferried the more than 20 wounded diplomats and embassy staff members to at least three separate hospitals in Beijing.
Their return home is once again expected to incite a further outpouring of grief and anger from the Chinese people.