The annual Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) has opened at the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. More than 2,000 delegates are expected to attend this year's session. Members hail from various walks of life and ethnic groups, as well as from token political parties meant to assist the ruling Communist Party in running the world's most populous nation and second-largest economy. The conference is ostensibly a venue for voices from the full spectrum of Chinese society who issue proposals meant to advise the 3,000-member legislature in its work.

IBTimes UK presents a gallery of photos taken in and around the Great Hall of the people on the opening day of the CPPCC.

The opening session was attended by China's political including President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman of the National People's Congress parliament Zhang Dejiang. China's National Party Congress begins on Saturday (5 March) where leaders will discuss how to combat the downturn in the world's second biggest economy.