Miss Yu Wenxia of China waves to the audience after being crowned the winner of Miss World 2012 during the pageant's final ceremony at the Ordos Stadium Arena in the inner Mongolian city of Ordos on Aug 18, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP
ORDOS, China (AFP) - Miss China won the coveted title of Miss World on Saturday, triumphing on home soil in a mining city on the edge of the Gobi desert.
The mostly Chinese audience erupted in cheers when it was announced that the home candidate, Yu Wenxia, had been awarded the title.
"When I was young I felt very lucky because so many people helped me and I hope in the future, I can help more children to feel lucky," said Yu, who was wearing a glittering blue dress, after the result was announced.
Last year's Miss World Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela handed over her crown in the futuristic Dongsheng stadium in the north-eastern city of Ordos.