The Fifth Mister World Competition kicked off on Sunday morning
as more than 40 contestants from around the world practiced
Taijiquan, a kind of Chinese traditional shadow boxing, in China's
tropical resort of Sanya.
To date, contestants from more than 64 countries and regions
around the world have confirmed participation in the competition,
according to the Sanya municipal government.
The rest of the contestants will arrive before the final, which
will be held on March 31 and broadcast live worldwide to a
potential audience of over a billion, said Li Boqing, vice mayor of
The Mister World 2007, the first of its kind to be held in
China, will select the most desirable men who are healthy,
handsome, brave, thoughtful, and responsible.
To test their character and will power, the contestants will
participate in a variety of challenging activities including marine
training, outdoor life challenges, talent performances, and cooking
Sanya, China's southernmost city in the island province of
Hainan, hosted the Miss World pageants from 2003 to 2005.
The Mister World contest has been staged biennially since 1996.
The last contest was held in London in 2003, where Gustavo Cabral
Narciso from Brazil was crowned the fourth Mr. World.
(Xinhua News Agency March 12, 2007)