Sophie Brizell,19, jetted to China for a beauty contest, unaware that it had been cancelled.
So, despite being told that someone would be there to pick her up, when she arrived in Qingdao Airport, the Liverpool lass found herself deserted and alone.
Unable to speak the language, the teenager had no idea what to do.
But when she rang up mum Liz, 54, she had the brainwave of calling up their favourite Chinese restaurant to see if they could help.
Liz was quoted in the Daily Mail explaining: "No-one could speak English there and they shut the airport, so she was left stranded."
She rang up the eatery, Chy, and spoke to owner Nai Xiang Yu, 44, who kindly arranged a hotel and cash for Sophie over the phone.
Rachelle Perez had organised Miss High Street, the UK competition that Sophie had won, with her prize being a paid trip to China for the Top Model of the World competition.
Miss Perez admitted that she had not received any news to indicate that the contest was postponed until March. She said: "The last email I had was to say 'Everything's fine, she'll be picked up from Qingdao'."
Sophie added: "I didn't even get to see China – I only saw the airport. It was horrible."
The World of Beauty Organisation was unable to comment on the situation.
Thankfully, Nai was around to save the day. He said: "I was happy to help."
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