Explaining the seating plan at China's Two Sessions
Updated 12:01, 08-Mar-2019
Dong Xue

Everyone knows that seating arrangements can be as an important political indicator at important events. For the Two Sessions, arguably the most important event on China's political agenda, the importance of the seating arrangement is no different.

With approximately 3,000 deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's top legislature, occupying the seats inside the Great Hall of the People, where exactly does everyone sit and what should we be looking for?

In the front row sits the executive chairs of the Presidium, who are also the main moderators for all the meetings during the Two Sessions.

In the auditorium, all the 35 delegations are divided into five blocks based on their geographical positions and rotate their seats from center to the side each year, allowing them each the chance to sit in the middle of the venue.

Within the delegation, deputies rotate from back to front each year, so that everyone gets the chance to sit in front at the meeting.

But no matter where a deputy sits, his or her vote counts equally. 

Now you have a greater understanding of Chinese politics without anybody saying a word.