In this Week in Photos, the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference kick off in Beijing; heavy rains flood the southern Guangdong province; and lovebirds flock to marriage registration offices around the country.
Couples pose for selfies outside the marriage registration office in Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong province, May 20, 2020. The date, which is pronounced similar to “I love you” in Chinese, is seen as an auspicious one for getting married, especially by young Chinese. Chen Hui/Southern Metropolis Daily/People Visual
Ahead of PE class, students hang their face masks on numbered hooks at Luwan No. 1 Central Primary School in Shanghai, May 18, 2020. Primary school students were some of the last in the country to restart class after the COVID-19 pandemic. Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone
Residents inspect the damage after a heavy rain in Dongguan, Guangdong province, May 22, 2020. From @李易峰的甜筒and @梁毅艺壹聪on Weibo
Riders don headgear in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, May 18, 2020. In an effort to boost road safety, China unveiled a “One Belt, One Helmet” policy earlier this month, though officials were forced to partially delay implementation after helmet prices skyrocketed nationwide. Chen Zhongqiu/People Visual
A folk performer spits fire at Millennium City Park in Kaifeng, Henan province, May 22, 2020. Ma Jian/People Visual
Journalists snap photos of a guard outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 22, 2020. This year’s “Two Sessions” legislative term, delayed by the coronavirus, finally commenced on May 21. People Visual
A yak lugs gear on Mount Everest in Shigatse, Tibet Autonomous Region, May 20, 2020. Jinmei Duoji/Xinhua