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- The 6th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students Officially Launched

[Source]    Hanban [Time]    2013-12-02 10:39:17 
 

On October 24, 2013 at 4 PM, Gao Feng, Deputy Governor of Yunnan Province, Jing Wei, Deputy Director-General of Hanban, and representatives of contestants from five continents started together the “Chinese Bridge” hourglass, which marked the official launch of the 6th“Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students. He Jinping, Director-General of the Education Department of Yunnan Province, Yang Jie, Deputy Secretary-General of the People’s Government of Yunnan Province, Liao Xiaoshan, Chief Inspector of Schools of the Education Department of Yunnan Province, and Yang Lin, President of Yunnan Normal University, attended the launch ceremony.


The hourglass being started

Totally 124 contestants, 150 campers of the visiting camp, and 79 group teachers from 62 countries and 80 divisions came to China for the competition. It is the biggest one of the Chinese Proficiency Competitions held for secondary school students in terms of scale and number of competing countries and participants.


Jing Wei, Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director-General of Hanban delivering a speech

In her opening speech in the launch ceremony, Deputy Director-General Jing Wei, on behalf of Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), extended her gratitude to the CPC Committee of Yunnan Province and the People’s Government of Yunnan Province for their strong support for the “Chinese Bridge” competition. as well as all social people who concerned about the event. She hoped that all contestants would take this opportunity to get better understanding of China and Chinese Culture, make good friends and achieve great success in the competition.


He Jinping, Director-General of the Education Department of Yunnan Province delivering a speech

On behalf of the government of Yunnan Province, He Jinping, Director-General of the Education Department of Yunnan Province, extended in his speech a warm welcome to the contestants, students of the visiting camp, and group teachers. He wished the contestants a great success in the competition and hoped that they would make use of this opportunity to know Kunming, Yunnan and China better.


Representatives of contestants from five continents making speeches


Dai Zhixuan, a contestant from the Americas, showing her calligraphic work: the Chinese character of “家” (Home)

Then representatives of contestants from five continents introduced themselves and showed their talents. Wen Xiaoxuan from Oceania spoke a Chinese tongue twister. Pan Weile from Asia read a poem of the Tang Dynasty. Ali from Africa performed the martial art of Tai Chi. Bai Beiming from Europe sang the Chinese song “Look Here, Girl”. And Dai Zhixuan from the Americas showed her calligraphic work: the Chinese character of “家” (Home). Whereafter, the contestants from all over the world made a stage pose, pushing the atmosphere to a climax.


A Group Photo of contestants


A Group Photo of contestants

The “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition is a large-scale international contest sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). It aims to arouse the enthusiasm of students in various countries in learning Chinese and strengthen the communication between the world and China. Being well-known in the cultural and educational exchanges worldwide, it consists of three events: “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students and “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students in China. Since 2008, the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students has been held for six times. More than 30,000 secondary school students from over 60 countries worldwide have participated in the competition, more than 1,200 contestants have been invited to China to compete in the final, and tens of millions of audience at home and abroad have watched the competitions on television or the Internet. The “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students this year is sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and the People’s Government of Yunnan Province and organized by the Education Department of Yunnan Province, Yunnan Provincial Administration of Radio, Film and Television, and Yunnan Normal University.

 
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