Telling “My China Dream” in Chinese
- The 12th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students Opens

[Source]    Hanban [Time]    2013-07-08 16:06:13 

Enthusiastic contestants wearing costumes of different countries filled the hall, expressing their confidence in the competition in fluent Chinese: “Chinese Bridge! Here we are!”

On July 6th, the 12th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students opened ceremoniously in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province. Under the theme “My China Dream”, 123 contestants from 77 countries, who already won preliminaries abroad, came to China for the semi-finals and grand finals.

“Time-honored Chinese history and its profound culture fascinate me and inspire me to learn Chinese language”, said Anny from Germany. “The ‘Chinese Bridge’ is a bridge for Chinese-loving people. Here, thanks to the ‘China Dream’, we are able to make great friends.”

This year’s competition has made a breakthrough in both the scale and the arrangements compared with previous ones. It has got seven more competition divisions, including Bolivia, Ecuador, Lebanon, Fiji, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Its influence has also been expanded. In countries like the UK, Germany, France and Russia, nationwide preliminaries, instead of cross-regional contests, were held. To allow contestants from each continent reveal their characteristics and to give full play to their Chinese language proficiency, continent rounds were added in semi-finals. Contestants from the same continent competed against each other for the Continent Championship in order to be fair to all.

During the opening ceremony, contestants from previous “Chinese Bridge” competitions and foreign artists jointly gave wonderful performances. Contestants from previous competitions shared their own “China Dream” to cheer this year’s participants, which brought the whole performance to a climax.

All participants said they had high expectations for the competition and the cultural experience. Within almost one month, they will fiercely compete in Chinese language competence, Chinese culture knowledge and performing talents.

Since the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students was hosted by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in 2002, over 1100 contestants from 86 countries came to China for the competition. Now, this “Bridge of Friendship” has been attracting more and more foreign students to learn Chinese language and Chinese culture.


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