This special series features the city's most important annual political conferences, Lianghui, or Two Sessions, which runs from January 26 to 31.

Throughout the week, Andy Boreham from Shanghai Daily will give you a multimedia roundup of exactly what Lianghui is about and what's going on during the event.

Two Sessions refers to the sessions hosted by the city's political advisors — members of the Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference — and legislators, who are deputies to the Shanghai People's Congress.

They will sum up what they achieved in the past year and determine the steps the city will take in the following months, or years.

What happens at Lianghui?

During Two Sessions, members and deputies will discuss and review many work reports, topics and proposals, and they might approve some new laws and regulations. The reports include:

The government work report
The economic and social development plan
The budget report
The work report of the Shanghai People's Congress
The work reports of the higher people's court and procuratorate

Domestic Garbage Management

During the Two Sessions, the city's first regulation on domestic garbage management will be reviewed and approved, aiming to build Shanghai into an ecological city. It stipulates the categorization of different garbage, measures to reduce garbage sources, as well as details regarding the collection, transportation and processing of garbage.

What's this year's focus?

Attendees of this year's Lianghui will discuss the following six topics to map out a better future for the city:


Shanghai is to improve its micro-management as a key approach in ensuring high-quality development and enhancing its residents' living standards. This demands a careful and patient attitude, and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

Business Environment

A comprehensive government affairs service platform, which merges the public services of all government departments, was launched last year, marking the remarkable progress Shanghai has made in improving its business environment.

Science and Innovation

Shanghai is to accelerate its development as a scientific innovation center by focusing on core technologies in areas including integrated circuitry, artificial intelligence and biological medicine.

Fighting Pollution

Shanghai has required industries, including those producing construction materials, electrolytic aluminum and steel, labeled for heavy-waste discharge, to take anti-air pollution measures in autumn and winter when air pollution occurs most frequently, according to the revised air pollution regulations released last year.

Integration of the Yangtze River Delta

Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui have agreed on a three-year action plan for the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region. It covers 12 collaborative projects in seven core fields, and puts more than 30 important items on the agenda.

Rural Revitalization

Shanghai is to push forward its rural revitalization strategy by accelerating the centralized residence of rural residents, increasing their income, improving infrastructure like sewage treatment and garbage sorting, and encouraging state-owned and private enterprises to play their role in the whole process.

Word on the street:
What are people concerned about?

In this section, our reporters interviewed some pedestrians on Shanghai's streets and asked what issues they are concerned most about regarding the city. Let's see what they said.

What's Lianghui in Andy's eyes?

As a foreigner living in Shanghai, Lianghui is a great way to really get an insight into the workings of regional government here in China, and to try to attain some kind of understanding of the mammoth work Shanghai's government does each year as it continues to reform and open up. On top of that, Lianghui is a great indicator of the direction the city will take, not only for the next year, but sometimes for decades into the future.