Miss China, Yu Wenxia, wins the Miss World crown for 2012, defeating more than 100 other hopefuls from across the globe.
It is only the second time that Miss China has been awarded the title.
Last year's Miss World Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela handed over her crown to Wen at a glittering ceremony
23-year-old Wen is a music student who wants to become a music teacher, Chinese media reported.
Sophie Moulds from Wales was the runner-up, while Australia's Jessica Kahawaty came third.
Miss China's triumph on home soil took place in the unlikely location of Ordos, a mining city on the edge of the Gobi desert.