Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos in China.
Starting this weekend, the 120 delegates of Miss World 2012 will have alrrady arrived in Ordos to commence their respective quests to win the crown currently being held by Venezuela’s Ivian Sarcos. The Opening Ceremony will kick off on July 24 (Tuesday). So after checking on my blog
, it would be nice if you can make regular visits to the new website
of the pageant. There, you can get updates on the goings-on and whereabouts of the ladies. You will also learn that seven (7) hotly-contested challenge events are up for grabs, and these are:
Sports and Fitness
Beauty with a Purpose Award
Click on each event above to know more. I’m not sure if all seven are fast-track activities, so just stay tuned for more details.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ordos City
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ordos City
will be the Official Residence of the ladies while in the host city. If you’re scheduled to go to Ordos next month to catch the finals, it will serve you better to stay near the Dongsheng National Fitness Center Stadium than here.
For now, my understanding is that both Facebook and Twitter are banned – if not super strictly regulated – in China. I am still uncertain if the ban will be lifted while Miss World 2012 is ongoing or only when the candidates are in Ordos. We all know that there will be brief stays in Shanghai, Hongkong and Sanya, so let’s see if online sources can still be gathered from each and every activity this year. 😉
There is increasing awareness of the Northern Chinese city of Ordos, one of the twelve major subdivisions of Inner Mongolia, China. And why not? For a relatively less popular destination, it is now playing the major league in beauty pageant hosting. Miss World 2012 will hold its finals at the cavernous Dongsheng National Fitness Center Stadium on August 18. According to Wikipedia, “…Ordos is one of the richest regions of China. With a nominal per-capita GDP of US$14,500 in 2008, it is ranked ahead of the capital city of China, Beijing. It is extremely rich in natural resources, having one sixth of the coal reserve in China. The pillars of its economy are textile (wool), coal mining, petrochemicals, electricity generation and production of building materials.”
Dongsheng National Fitness Center Stadium
Once called China’s ’empty city’, the place used to look like a ghost town with a lot of uninhabited hectares of land. But with the boom in economic prosperity, Ordos is now looking more and more like an urbanized industrial zone, complete with mushrooming infrastructures and the like. In fact, the Miss World 2012 venue (Dongsheng National Fitness Center Stadium) could be called an impressive sight – what with its more than 30,000 square meters of ceiling baffles and extra large seating capacity. I’m pretty sure the visiting loved ones and supporters of all the delegates won’t have a hard time squeezing themselves in. There is room for everyone!
Crowne Plaza Ordos – one of the more well-reviewed hotels in this city.
Speaking of rooms, Tripadvisor
states that there are currently eighty-eight (88) recognized hotels in Ordos, with a marked concentration on reasonably-priced 2-3 star accommodations. This only means that a week or two of stay in the city won’t break the bank too much. The more popular places to book are the likes of Kaihong Hotel
, Crowne Plaza Ordos
and Kaixuanmen Holiday Hotel
If you’re planning to go to Ordos for Miss World 2012, Norman’s Blog strongly recommends that you start booking now. Domestic flights going there can be reserved online, with a trusted travel agent or at the Beijing International Airport itself where you need to connect with either China United Airlines or Air China for a less than 2-hour travel time. And do remember that weather can still be nippy during August (between 14°-24°C) so bring an extra layer of clothing for those cold nights and frosty mornings.
Want to know more about Ordos? Then visit its Official (English) Website HERE. 😉