Clockwise from top: Miss Universe China contestants compete in the swimsuit segment in Shanghai. Participants prepare backstage. Xu Jidan is crowned Miss Universe China, while Paris Hilton watches. Xu Jidan (middle), Xu Lingyue (right) and Zhang Yutong (second from right) are officially China's top beauties. Photos by Gao Er'qiang / China Daily
A 22-year-old model from Jilin province, Xu Jidan, was crowned Miss Universe China on Saturday and will represent the country in the Miss Universe finals, in New York. Xu Junqian reports in Shanghai.