Tears and tributes for Steve Jobs in China

China remembers 'Master Jobs'
China remembers 'Master Jobs'

    JUST WATCHED

    China remembers 'Master Jobs'

MUST WATCH

China remembers 'Master Jobs' 01:35

Story highlights

  • Many of the world's Apple iPads and iPhones are assembled in China
  • Millions of messages were posted on microblogging sites following his death
  • Apple's relationship with China is complicated, including revelations of fake Apple stores

In China -- home of manufacturing companies central to global production of Apple iPhones and iPads -- the death of Steve Jobs' death brought immediate reaction from Chinese netizens and captains of industry.

"When I head the news, I could not hold back my tears," wrote Yu Minghong, founder and CEO of New Oriental Education, one of the largest private education service provider in China. "Because of him, the world has become different. Because of him, the boring world has become alive, the glum world has become creative, because of him a drab world has become colorful."

Inside four hours of the announcement, nearly 35 million messages on Sina Weibo on Jobs' death and 23 million messages of Tencent QQ Weibo, China's first and second largest microblogging sites.

Jobs revolutionized tech industry

"Jobs is the spiritual leader of our time," wrote @Xiongpeiyun on Sina Weibo. "I like Steve Jobs more than I like Apple. It's a huge loss for the whole world. But his life was complete because he had been looking for and found what he loved. I haven't committed whole heartedly to my life like Jobs had been doing. So, next to him, I feel more ashamed than being sad."

Wrote @ QUENTIN_SHIH: "Only those who are so crazy as to think they can change the world can truly change the world."

"Certainly Apple has achieved cult-like status amongst young, urban Chinese consumers," said Duncan Clark, chairman and founder of BDA, a Beijing consultancy company focused on telecom, media and technology sectors. "Beyond the general public there is a vast, aspiring entrepreneurial class particular focused on understanding what makes successful business people like Steve Jobs tick."

China mourns Jobs' death
China mourns Jobs' death

    JUST WATCHED

    China mourns Jobs' death

MUST WATCH

China mourns Jobs' death 01:57
PLAY VIDEO
Apple's passionate pitchman
Apple's passionate pitchman

    JUST WATCHED

    Apple's passionate pitchman

MUST WATCH

Apple's passionate pitchman 00:59
PLAY VIDEO
How Steve Jobs grew up
How Steve Jobs grew up

    JUST WATCHED

    How Steve Jobs grew up

MUST WATCH

How Steve Jobs grew up 01:45
PLAY VIDEO
Jobs 'set the agenda' for tech industry
Jobs 'set the agenda' for tech industry

    JUST WATCHED

    Jobs 'set the agenda' for tech industry

MUST WATCH

Jobs 'set the agenda' for tech industry 03:00
PLAY VIDEO
EXPAND IMAGE

To be sure, Apple's relationship with China is complicated. The revelation in recent months that as many as 22 fake Apple stores had cropped around China set new standards for piracy -- even in a nation known for counterfeit technology.

"The fact that Apple stores, not just its products themselves, have been copied, shows that it is not just about hardware. The whole Apple experience is something that consumers aspire to," Clark said.

"The world has lost a true hero and I have lost a friend whose dedication to his company, his customers, and our industry is reflected in the fact that he continued to work while dealing with such a devastating illness," said Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, a leading manufacturing partner of Apple with 800,000 employees in China.

"Steve's spirit will live on forever with those who, like me, had the honor to know and work with him," Gou said. "However, everyone has been touched by his genius and, because of this, he has left the world a better place. He will be missed, but never forgotten."

Yang Yuanqing, the CEO of China's computer powerhouse Lenovo, said, "As a competitor, he helped ensure all of us pushed even harder. I am confident his legacy will continue to energize the industry for many years to come."

"Jobs said, 'Remember that you will be dead soon'," said Lee Kaifu, venture capitalist and founding president of Google China, referring to Jobs' famous 2005 Stanford University commencement speech.

"It helped me through making the most important choices in my life. Because all the glory and pride, embarrassment and fear will all vanish when confronting death. What I see that's left with me is the truly crucial one. When you are worried that you will lose something, 'Remember that you will be dead soon' is the best remedy. If you can empty yourself, you have every reason to follow your heart."

In Hong Kong, admirers plan an "i-Vigil" for Jobs -- using iPhones with a flickering candle app -- outside the city's Apple store, which opened less than two weeks ago. "People have different ways of dealing with it," says organizer Casey Lau on the loss of Jobs. "As a fan and as a user, I think (the reaction is) a little bit crazy but it's a good idea to go out and pay our respects."

      Life of Steve Jobs

    • cnni velshi jobs glamour computers_00012505

      Steve Jobs and you

      We want to hear your stories. Did you ever meet Jobs? How did he change your life? Share your photos, videos and memories with CNN iReport.
    • Apple co-founder Steve Jobs introduces the new Power Mac G4 computer in San Francisco in 1999.

      Timeline: Steve Jobs' career

      Ever since Steve Jobs worked on the first Apple computer, he has strived to make computer products "insanely great."
    • Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Steve Jobs, shows off the ipod touch.

      The spiritual side of Steve Jobs

      It's well known that the secret to Apple's meteoric success is the creativity of Steve Jobs. But what drove the company's celebrity founder?
    • Apple CEO Steve Jobs waves as he delivers the keynote address.

      Jobs' top 5 showman moments

      From the launch of the iPhone to his meeting with Bill Gates, we look at five of Steve Jobs' best moments as Apple's consummate showman.
    • US President Barack Obama walks from the Oval Office carrying an iPad as he departs the White House for a game of golf in Washington on May 21, 2011. AFP PHOTO / JOSHUA ROBERTS

      Obama hails 'brave' Jobs

      President Barack Obama hailed Steve Jobs as one of America's greatest innovators, a man "brave enough to think differently."
    • SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 06: Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivers the keynote address at the 2011 Apple World Wide Developers Conference at the Moscone Center on June 6, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned from sick leave to introduce Apple's new iCloud storage system and the next versions of Apple's iOS and Mac OSX. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

      Apple's passionate pitchman

      Steve Jobs' enthusiasm and sense of humor were on full display at the launch of some of Apple's greatest hits.
    • Apple updated its website Wednesday for the death of Steve Jobs.

      Web mourns Jobs' death

      Steve Jobs has consistently captured attention with his stage events. On Wednesday evening, the world took to the Web to mourn his passing.
    • SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 06:  Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivers the keynote address at the 2011 Apple World Wide Developers Conference at the Moscone Center on June 6, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned from sick leave to introduce Apple's new iCloud storage system and the next versions of Apple's iOS and Mac OSX.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

      Jobs: A life in photos

      Steve Jobs died Oct. 5, 2011 at age 56. TIME takes a look at the Apple founder's storied, visionary career.
    • Apple Computer co-founder and CESteve Jobs introduces the all-new flat-panel iMac computer during his keynote speech at the MacWorld Expo in January 2002.

      One thing we owe to Steve Jobs

      As his illness kept him away from the office, it's been clear that we Steve jobs more than just upping the pixels on the phone camera and an ever-faster processor.