Adventuring into the southern parts of China, Smith has been to the Green Tea Fields, mini villages, fish aquaculture grounds and the Yellow Mountains (Huangshan) in the south of Anhui Province.
Smith says the Miss World opening ceremony was held in the Yellow Mountains.
“It is known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, as an inspiration site for the flying mountains scene in the Avatar movie.”
One hundred and twenty contestants from all over the world attended an auction night last week in which each of the competitors donated an item representing their nation.
“The Cook Islands donated a black pearl pendant and black pearl stud earrings.
“The auction event raised well over $200,000 making for a very successful night,” she said.
Smith is now staying at Chimelong Penguin Hotel and says they are going into the “head-to- head” section of the competition.
“This part is pretty much about people getting to know each contestant more within the social media world.
“Then the social media world will vote for their favourite participant.”
Smith says the contestants are still in the dark as to what it’s all about, but she plans to take it one day at a time.
She says she is enjoying the experience more than she thought she would.
“It is great to meet the different contestants from around the world and learn more about their culture and how big of a deal the pageant industry is in their countries.”
Smith has received lots of compliments about her flowers and the dresses she wears.
“A lot of the nations have been curious by all the flowers I have worn in my ear and hair.
“And of course the colourful designer dresses I have worn have brought me a lot of good attention and are definitely making the Cook Islands stand out from the other nations.”
Smith competed in the “Dancers of the World” challenge last week and her performance was chosen to be showcased in the final show night on November 18.
To follow Miss Cook Islands Alanna Smith “like” her Facebook page “Miss World – Cook Islands”.