Sunday, October 16, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.57 - Miss China 2011

The People’s Republic of China is the fourth largest country in the world in terms of area. It is situated in eastern Asia on the western shore of the Pacific Ocean, with an area of 9.6 million square kilometers. China's continental coastline extends for about 18,000 kilometers, and its vast sea surface is studded with more than 5,000 islands. China extends across much of the East Asian continent bordering Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar in Southeast Asia; India, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan, in South Asia; Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in Central Asia; a small section of Russian Altai and Mongolia in Inner Asia; and the Russian Far East and North Korea in Northeast Asia. China's land drops off in the escarpments eastward to the ocean, letting in humid air currents and leading many rivers eastward. Among the rivers totaling 220,000 kilometers in length in China; the Yangtze and the Yellow are the two major ones. China has a diversity of land formations including mountains, hills, highlands, plains and basins. The highlands and hill regions account for 65 percent of the country's land mass. The highest mountain peak is the Everest, 8,848 meters above sea level; the lowest point is the Turpan Basin, 154 meters below sea level. China is characterized by a continental climate. The latitudes span nearly 50 degrees, its southern part is in the tropical and subtropical zones, and its northern part near the frigid zones. The northern part of Heilongjiang province has long winters but no summers; while Hainan Island has long summers but no winters. The Huaihe River valley is marked by distinctive seasonal changes, but it is spring all year round in the south of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. China's high tundra zone is situated in Qinghai-Tibet, where the temperature is low in all four seasons. China, with a recorded history of 5,000 years, was one of the world's earliest civilizations. China was one of the countries where economic activity first developed. As early as 5,000 to 6,000 years ago, people in the Yellow River valley had already started farming and raising livestock. In the 21st century B.C., China established a slave society with the founding of the Xia Dynasty, thereby writing a finale to long years of primitive society. In 221 B.C., Qin Shihuang established China's first centralized autocracy, the Qin Dynasty, thereby ushering Chinese history into feudalism, which endured in a succession of dynasties until the Opium War of 1840. The Bourgeois Democratic Revolution of 1911 led by Sun Yat-sen toppled the rule of the Qing Dynasty, putting an end to more than 2,000 years of feudal monarchical system. The People's Republic of China was founded on October 1, 1949. Today, China is implementing reform and open polices, and has established a socialist market economy. China is the most populous country in the world, with 1.3 billion people and is a multiracial country with 56 ethnic groups. Mandarin is commonly used in the modern China. It is one of the five working languages designated by the United Nations. The majority of the 55 other ethnic groups have their own languages. The People's Republic of China debuted in Miss World 1994 and won the pageant in 2007 with Zi Lin Zhang. This year, Liu Chen, Miss China 2011, will represent her nation in Miss World 2011.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Liu Chen, Miss China 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
My name is Liu Chen, you may call me Cece. I’m a graduate student of music. I love everything about art. I am an honest and friendly girl.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Not only does China have a long history and so many cultures but also our own fashion business in a unique way. My hometown is Harbin, famous for its beer and snow art. It is also called the music capital of China.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
First of all, it's a really great honor for me to take part in this beauty competition. I cannot only show my outer beauty, but also pass the love and peace from the bottom of my heart. It is a contest to show a profound meaning of women's beauty. I'm also an ambassador of building up cultural bridges with foreign countries, promoting peace and environmental protection and most importantly, helping everyone in need!

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
I would choose Steel Roses (铿锵玫瑰) by Tian Zhen. It is a wonderful song to describe my attitude of hard work and dedication. The rainbow always comes up after the storm and the rose is always indomitable. 'No cross, no crown.'

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
Three words are enough: Thankful, busy and joyful.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Actually, I don't know what my future will be, but I hope that I could become more and more modest. I could work harder and harder full of gratitude, love and joy. Of course I will go to great lengths to help people in need. This is my responsibility all the time--showing love and passing it on.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I admire Wu Ze Tian, the first and the only female emperor in Chinese history. I appreciate her masterful ability of governing the empire, her artistic talent and her wisdom.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I have never thought of it, but I can tell you that I love all the countries around the world.

9. After the Sendai Earthquake, nuclear energy has become a focus of attention. Are you in favor or against the use of this kind of energy as a way to reduce the dependence on oil?
I believe that both nuclear energy and petroleum have their advantages, but we should use them exactly in the right way. As the saying goes ‘Enough is better than too much.’ Therefore we need to make the right choice. We can use both of them properly but at the same time, we should know that environmental protection and energy-saving are important. We should stop before going too far.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
It is innate that the world that we are living in is unjust. Keeping an open mind is the best way to confront the truth. To me, the unbalance of money and conscience is definitely the worst thing! Lacking in conscience and the wrong outlook on value orientation are the fountains of injustice. We people magnify indefinitely the exact value of money, and ignore the importance of conscience!

11. What are your duties as Miss China?
First, I have to be a role model of going to great lengths to everything in my life, doing my best to show my love and passing it to people. Second, I have the responsibility to advocate a peaceful life and environmental protection. Finally, I hope I could promote the Chinese traditional cultures and art and open a passageway of building the cultural bridges between foreign countries.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
Through social media, we understand all kinds of cultures, customs and histories of countries. It is also convenient to know more about her foreign friends and make contact with them. We do not need to have a face-to-face communication. The most meaningful thing is that it helps her to advocate peace, harmony and love fast.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
The phrase 'Human beings' means love, protecting the Earth, helping each other and producing useful things in the nature's rule. In fact, love is harmony.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
My purpose in life is simple! Going to great lengths to do anything with my gratitude and love. To me, it is a meaningful and valuable life.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Thanks so much to all of you! Please go on praying for the girls from around the world! We are all willing to contribute ourselves on cultural exchange, harmony and promoting good developments in the world!

and finally...
Personal Motto: Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on the goal with gratitude!
Personal Goal: Continue my development in the Chinese musicals career
Personal Dream Destination: Everywhere
Favorite Food: Fish
Favorite Color: Any colors I like
Favorite Song: Operas and musicals
Favorite Movie: I do not have one.
Favorite Book: Bible
Favorite Singer/Band: Elaine Paige
Favorite Actor/Actress: Elaine Paige
Favorite Hobby: Singing, Dancing, Performing, Drawing, Playing the piano and Caligraphy
Favorite Sport: Yoga, swimming and running

Nicole Giobbe
Liu Chen, Miss China 2011
Miss World China Organization

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