Miss China wins Miss World contest

China's Yu Wenxia has been crowned the 2012 Miss World, with Miss Wales finishing as first runner-up.

This is the second time Miss China has been awarded the title. The last time was in 2007 when Zhang Zilin took the honour.

The first runner-up was Sophie Elizabeth Moulds of Wales and the second runner-up, Jessica Michelle Kahawaty of Australia.

The 23-year-old Yu is a music student who says she wants to become a music teacher.

The international beauty pageant was held in the Inner Mongolian city of Ordos. The city is one of the richest regions in China thanks to its abundant natural resources. It hopes the world event will raise its profile for economic development and tourism.