3rd “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students Reaches a Conclusion on 28th

[Source]    Division of New Initiatives and International Exchanges [Time]    2010-11-01 16:24:31 

Mr. Xu Jialu delivering a speech

Chongqing, on the evening of October 28th—a closing ceremony and awards presentation for the 3rd “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students was held in the People's Municipal auditorium of Chongqing. Xu Jialu, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 10th National People's Congress; Wang Honghua, Deputy Director of the Chongqing Municipal People's Congress Standing Committee; Xie Xiaojun, Deputy Mayor of Chongqing; Chen Wanzhi, Vice Chairman of the Chongqing Municipal Political Consultative Conference; and Wang Yongli, Deputy Director of Hanban and Deputy General Director of the Confucius Institute Headquarters were present at the event and awarded prizes to the winners.

The contest kicked off on October 16th. 120 contestants from 40 competition areas in 35 countries had taken part in 4 segments of the competition, namely, “Continental Style”, “Competition on the Same Stage”, “Learning in Chongqing” and “Shopping in Supermarket”, which provided the contestants an opportunity to fully demonstrate their Chinese language skills, and a chance to improve their Chinese level and experience Chinese culture. After strict evaluation, the Singapore team won first Team Award; Teoh Jia Yu (Singapore), Chae Woo Hyuk (South Korea) and Roland Michael Salatino (the US) won first Individual Awards. A total of fifty contestants won various team awards, individual awards and single prizes and the others were awarded with prizes for excellence.

At 8 p.m., the ceremony began with the theme song of the contest, consisting of 4 parts: “Happy Time”, “Moment of Farewell”, “Moment of Glory” and “Epilogue”. The “Happy Time” featured excellent performances by the contestants and VCR tapes showcasing their full and interesting life in Chongqing. Thanks to cultural skills they learned earlier, the contestants staged a skit “Confucius Takes Apprentice”, a segment of Beijing Opera and Chinese folk dances. During the Moment of Farewell, the host interviewed Sweden contestant Han Yiya (Chinese name) and her host mother and younger sister. The audiences were deeply touched by their sincere feelings to each other, some even moved to tears when the girl sang “Mother in Candle Light”. Although the contestants lived with their host families for just one day, they established profound friendship, which will connect them together forever. The Moment of Glory brought the ceremony to a beautiful peak. When the guests awarded trophies and medals to the winners, students present at the occasion applauded the excellent achievements of their peers. When Mr. Xu Jialu awarded the first team winner to the team from Singapore— and delivered a passionate speech, the entire hall burst into applause.

A cheerful song “Happy Chinese Bridge” raised the curtain for the ceremony

Contestants performing “Confucius Takes Apprentice”

Chinese folk dance show

The guests and contestants bidding farewell to each other amidst the singing of “Auld Lang Syne”

Finally, Mr. Xu Jialu declared the conclusion of the contest. Guests and some audiences went on the stage to sing “Auld Lang Syne” together with the contestants, bidding farewell to each other. (Contributed by Zou Tianyi, Confucius Institute Online)

Attachment:Complete Lists of the Winners of the 3rd "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students