The 6th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students Successfully Ended

[Source]    Hanban [Time]    2013-12-24 16:26:29 
 

On the evening of November 3, 2013, the 6th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students which was sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters(Hanban)and the People’s Government of Yunnan Province and organized by the Education Department of Yunnan Province, Yunnan Normal University, and the Radio and Television Station of Yunnan Province successfully ended in Kunming City, Yunnan Province. Many distinguished leaders attended the closing ceremony and presented awards to the winners, including Xu Lin, Counselor of the State Council of China, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, and Director-General of Hanban, Li Pei, Standing Committee Member of Yunnan Provincial Party Committee and Secretary of Higher Education Working Committee of Provincial Party Committee, Dao Linyin, Deputy Director of the Standing Committee of Yunnan Provincial People’s Congress, Gao Feng, Deputy Governor of Yunnan Province, and Jing Wei, Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director-General of Hanban.

The 6th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students with a theme of “Learn Chinese, Double Your World” attracted 124 contestants, 150 students of the visiting camp, and 79 lead teachers from 62 countries and 80 divisions to participate in the competition in China. It is the biggest Chinese Proficiency Competition held in terms of scale and number of competing countries and participants. In a short period of 16 days, the contestants competed in their knowledge of Chinese language and culture and contended for the first, second and third prizes and other single prizes as individuals or groups through four competitions: “Get Together in Colorful Yunnan – Chinese Language and Culture Written Exam”, “Show Talents in Colorful Yunnan – Chinese Speech and Talents Competition”, “Chase Dreams in Colorful Yunnan – Folk Culture Experience Competition”, and “Blossom in Colorful Yunnan – Creative Flower Arrangement Competition”.

Apart from the competitions, the contestants also participated in various colorful activities of culture experience such as “Chinese as a Bridge Connecting Five Continents” Tree Planting in Friendship Forest, Walking into Secondary Schools, Experiencing Chinese Family Life, Experiencing “Guandu Old Town” Folk Custom, Climbing the Great Wall, and Visiting the Forbidden City. Through the “Chinese Bridge”, the contestants not only gained friendship and achievements but also forged a deep relationship with China.

The closing ceremony was held in the stadium of Yunnan Normal University. Guests, contestants, teachers and students of Yunnan Normal University, as well as overseas students, a total of over 2700 persons, witnessed together the details of the 16-day competition. The ceremony was composed of four parts: “We Walk Together”, “I Want to Learn Chinese Language”, “We Love China”, and “We Are Friends”. Though coming from different countries and speaking different languages, the contestants were fascinated and intoxicated by one language – Chinese. Thanks to the “Chinese Bridge”, they had the opportunity to gather together and stand on the same stage to chase their dreams and make progress.

The opening show called “ni hao (Hello)” pushed the closing ceremony to a climax right in the beginning. Ten contestants from five continents used different languages to introduce themselves and then said ni hao in fluent Chinese. In the end, all contestants got on the stage in the order of the five continents and chorused the song “We Are Family”, which turned the scene into a sea of joy.

Then the contestants, dressed in traditional Chinese costumes or wearing Peking Opera masks, performed a special “Kung Fu Show” – Tai Chi Fan Dance, Long Sleeve Dance, Ink Painting, Calligraphy, etc. They used the lighting technique to integrate traditional Chinese elements with the performance, and thus caused bursts of applause from the audience.

At the ceremony, Dai Zhixuan, a contestant from the second team of the United States, told affectionately the story of her family’s encounter with China. Her grandfather, father and mother had all come to China for their dreams, and they also encouraged Dai Zhixuan to visit China. Through the “Chinese Bridge”, her wish was finally fulfilled and the sincere feelings of her family for China deeply affected the audience.

A number of awards were presented at the closing ceremony, including the first and second integrated prizes for group work, the first and second integrated prizes for individual performance as well as other single prizes such as the Award of Popularity on the Internet, the Award of Eloquence, and the Award of Best Performance. Zhang Yueshi and Lu Jim (Xiaoshan) from the second team of Canada won the first integrated prize for group work. Hai Zhongjie from the first team of the United States, Ning Jing from the Mongolian team, and Lin Weicai from the Cambodian team won the first integrated prizes for individual performance. Madam Xu Lin, Counselor of the State Council of China, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, and Director-General of Hanban, presented the trophies and certificates to the winners of the first prizes for group work and individual performance. The winners will be offered scholarships for studying in China by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban).

The “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition is a large-scale international contest launched by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in 2008. It aims to arouse the enthusiasm of students in various countries in learning Chinese language and strengthen the communication between the world and China. 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. So far, the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students has been held six times. More than 30,000 secondary school students from over 60 countries worldwide participated in the competition, more than 1,200 contestants were invited to China to compete in the final, and millions of audience at home and abroad watched the competition on television or via the Internet.


Contestants of the “Chinese Bridge” on the stage


The melodrama Cross Three Bridges


Song and dance performance Dance Yunnan


Dai Zhixuan, a contestant from the United States sharing the story of her family’s encounter with China


First integrated prize for individual performance


A group photo of presenters and winners