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Quirky moments from China's annual Congress

Updated : March 06, 2019 11:18 AM IST

The annual meeting of China's legislature is a highly scripted affair, but quirky moments and offbeat details lurk around the edges and behind the scenes.

Nearly 6,000 delegates to the National People's Congress and its advisory body descend on the hulking Great Hall of the People, the seat of China's legislature, for approximately two weeks every March in what is known as the "Two Meetings."

The session is largely symbolic within China's authoritarian one-party communist political system, but remains a highlight of the political calendar, during which the leadership sets out its goals and direction for the coming year.

Soldiers in usher uniforms prepare for the arrival of delegates for a meeting ahead of Tuesday's opening session of China's National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The annual meeting of China’s legislature is a highly scripted affair, but quirky moments and offbeat details lurk around the edges and behind the scenes. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Soldiers in usher uniforms prepare for the arrival of delegates for a meeting ahead of Tuesday's opening session of China's National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The annual meeting of China’s legislature is a highly scripted affair, but quirky moments and offbeat details lurk around the edges and behind the scenes. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Tourists take photos of the daily flag-raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square on the eve of the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing. A year since removing any legal barrier to remaining China's leader for life, Xi Jinping appears firmly in charge, despite a slowing economy, an ongoing trade war with the US and rumbles of discontent over his concentration of power. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Tourists take photos of the daily flag-raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square on the eve of the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing. A year since removing any legal barrier to remaining China's leader for life, Xi Jinping appears firmly in charge, despite a slowing economy, an ongoing trade war with the US and rumbles of discontent over his concentration of power. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Security officials stand guard at the doors of the Great Hall of the People before the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Security officials stand guard at the doors of the Great Hall of the People before the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
An ethnic minority delegate wearing a colourful headgear leaves the Great Hall of the People after attending the opening session of China's National People's Congress in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
An ethnic minority delegate wearing a colourful headgear leaves the Great Hall of the People after attending the opening session of China's National People's Congress in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Decorations dangle from the hats of bus ushers in ethnic minority dress as they pose for a group photo during the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Decorations dangle from the hats of bus ushers in ethnic minority dress as they pose for a group photo during the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Journalists interview a delegate before the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Journalists interview a delegate before the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A policewoman delegate wearing medals on her uniform talks with a fellow delegate before the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A policewoman delegate wearing medals on her uniform talks with a fellow delegate before the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Military delegates carry satchels with individual nametags as they arrive for a meeting on the eve of the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Military delegates carry satchels with individual nametags as they arrive for a meeting on the eve of the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A paramilitary policeman stands with red and green flags as he directs traffic outside of the Great Hall of the People before the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A paramilitary policeman stands with red and green flags as he directs traffic outside of the Great Hall of the People before the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A visitor takes a cellphone photo of the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A visitor takes a cellphone photo of the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A delegate in ethnic minority dress wearing a hat made of animal fur and antlers arrives for the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A delegate in ethnic minority dress wearing a hat made of animal fur and antlers arrives for the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Bus ushers leap in unison as they pose for a group photo during the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Bus ushers leap in unison as they pose for a group photo during the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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