Discover China, Release Your Dreams:
Grand final of the 9th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students successfully concludes

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2016-11-03 13:29:06 

On the evening of Oct. 29th, the grand final and closing ceremony of the 9th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students were held at Yunnan Normal University. Over 400 teachers and students from 89 countries as well as around 2,000 teachers and students from primary and secondary schools and universities in Yunnan participated in this competition and jointly witnessed a spectacular blossom of the flower of cultural diversity of the world on the “Chinese Bridge”, a bridge of friendship and culture.

Judges of the grand final of this year’s competition were Li Xiuping, news host from China Central Television (CCTV); Prof. Jin Ziqiang from Yunnan University; and John Tasker, British Executive Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Liverpool. Hosts of the final were Wang Yizhou and Zhang Qi, hosts from Yunnan TV Station; and Cunha da Silva Monica with the Chinese name Shi Moli, Chinese language commentator of the Rio Olympic Games and the champion of the grand finals of the 13th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students.

91 teams at the competition competed with each other through three quarterfinals of a computer-based test, spoken Chinese test and talent show, respectively, and an intercontinental elimination semi-final. At last, the ten teams representing five continents, namely, teams of Mongolia, South Korea, Germany, Ukraine, Argentina, Peru, Mauritius, Malawi, Australia (1) and New Zealand, advanced to the grand final and competed for the championship.

In the first round of the final, the ten teams demonstrated their experience of Honghe Culture through their performance of ten such stories as Guoqiao Mixian (Crossing-the-bridge noodles) and Chinese tea. After fierce competition, champions of the five continents were selected, namely, teams of Mongolia, Malawi, Germany, Peru and New Zealand.

In the second round of the final, the five winning teams of five continents shared their dreams and expressed their hopes to jointly create a peaceful and prosperous world with their colourful dreams. Their wonderful speeches won warm applause from the audience at the event.

Finally, the team of Germany won the championship of the grand final of this year’s “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students.

The contestants from all five continents performed a talent show mix The Five Spectacular Continents, igniting the passion of the audience; the documentary short play Roots of Banyan Trees truthfully captured the story of how a young man from the Netherlands with the Chinese name Le Andong helped children of the Jingpo ethnic group in Dehong, Yunnan, pursue their dreams, which deeply touched both the Chinese and foreign guests at the event.

This year’s competition came to its successful conclusion amid the passionate cheers by the audience and the exchange of farewells between contestants and Chinese volunteers. We all wish that the “Chinese Bridge”, a bridge of friendship connecting youths around the world, will blossom into more glamorous flowers!

Guests attending this event included Li Pei, Member of the Standing Committee of CPC Yunnan Provincial Committee and CPC Secretary of the Working Committee of Colleges and Universities of Yunnan Province; Gao Feng, Vice Governor of Yunnan Provincial People’s Government; as well as Ma Jianfei, Secretary of the Party Committee of Hanban and Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters.

This year’s competition was jointly sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and the Yunnan Provincial People’s Government and organized by the Yunnan Provincial Department of Education, Yunnan Radio & TV Station, Yunnan Normal University, Yunnan University and Honghe University.

The “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students provides a stage for Chinese-learning youths from various countries to showcase their Chinese skills and creates a platform for mutual learning and exchange, so as to stimulate their enthusiasm and interest in learning Chinese, enhance their understanding of the Chinese language and culture, and strengthen friendship among youths of different countries. Since launched in 2002, this competition has attracted over 1 million youths from more than 110 countries and has become a renowned event in the field of international cultural and people-to-people exchanges and an important platform for secondary school students to learn Chinese and know more about China, forging a bridge of heart-to-heart communication between youths in China and the world.