Nearly 3,000 delegates from across China gathered to kick off the annual National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People this past weekend. The congress is essentially a rubberstamp body for policies decided upon by the leaders of the ruling Communist Party.
There is much pomp at the nearly two-week assembly, and outside the hall in Tiananmen Square, groups of young women in long coats acted as hosts to the delegates and young men in gray uniforms were assigned to give directions.
In other photographs from around Asia last week, heavy snow fell on a couple wearing South Korea's traditional "hanbok" costume at the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace, a Seoul landmark.
Villagers in the troubled region of Kashmir shouted pro-freedom slogans during the funeral procession for a man killed in a gun battle with Indian soldiers. Many residents of Indian-controlled Kashmir seek independence.
North Korea's Ri Mi Gyong eyed the ball during her match at the semi-final women's team table tennis championship. In Kuala Lumpur, a security guard patrols at a construction site in front of the landmark Petronas Twin Towers.
This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Karly Domb Sadoff in Bangkok.