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.”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! 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. 😉