Chinese Parliamentary Sessions 2013
March 2013 sees the annual meeting of the two legislative and consultative bodies of China, where major policies are decided and key government officials appointed. The National People's Congress (NPC) is held in the Great Hall of the People in China's capital, Beijing, and with 2,987 members, is the largest parliament in the world. It gathers alongside the People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) whose members represent various groups of society.
Catching up on their sleep: Delegates caught snoozing during NPC
It's the most important meeting of the year, when the two legislative and consultative bodies of China meet to decide major policies and key government appointments.
Yet for some the People's Congress is clearly an opportunity to catch up on some much-needed sleep.
These delegates were caught yawning and napping in the gallery throughout today's session, which included outgoing China Premier Wen Jiabao delivering the government work report during the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People.