Selfie Sticks Restricted at This Year's Two Sessions

By Isabella Farr, March 3, 2016

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UPDATE (March 4, 2016 at 1:10 pm CST): While selfie sticks have been banned inside the Great Hall of the People, they haven't been totally banned from Two Sessions coverage. According to Ta Kung Pao, selfie sticks are still allowed outside the Great Hall of the People.

While selfie sticks were the break out trend at last year's Lianghui, or "Two Sessions," an annual set of meetings with the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC) to assess government policy, they've apparently been banned outright this year in a major blow to selfie stick journalism.

Although the motives for the ban are unclear, selfie sticks, which have been labeled as intrusive and dangerous, have already been banned at the Forbidden City and museums across China.

Journalists on Twitter today reported that they recieved messages from the CPPCC Press Center telling them that no selfie sticks would be allowed in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Selfie Sticks Banned at Two Sessions

https://twitter.com/nvanderklippe/status/705228016142589952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Just a year ago, selfie sticks were all the rage at the Lianghui, with China Daily declaring it the "Season of Selfie at Two Sessions."

Selfie Sticks Banned at This Year's Two Sessions

Selfie Sticks Banned at This Year's Two Sessions

Selfie Sticks Banned at This Year's Two Sessions

Selfie Sticks Banned at This Year's Two Sessions

Selfie Sticks Banned at This Year's Two Sessions

Selfie Sticks Banned at This Year's Two Sessions

Selfie Sticks Banned at This Year's Two Sessions

RIP selfie stick journalism. At least we can still look forward to plenty of pictures of jumping hostesses outside the Great Hall of the People.

Hostesses Jumping at the Two Sessions in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

Hostesses Jumping at the Two Sessions in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

Hostesses Jumping at the Two Sessions in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

[Images via China Daily 1 & 2, Daily Mail, SCMP, People's Daily, Tom Grundy]

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