Feature: “China, all my dreams are related with you”
—Ukraine Preliminary Round of the 10th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students

[Source]    Xinhuanet.com [Time]    2017-05-04 18:04:54 
 


The artistic performance before the Ukraine preliminary round of the 10th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students

Where is China’s northernmost end? Which work does the character Wang Xifeng belong to? What did Cai Lun invent in the Eastern Han Dynasty? Which province is famous for the dish “Buddha Jumps over the Wall”... This is a wonderful “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students held in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Eleven students selected from all over the country are competing for just two finalist places of this year.

At the end of April, it was still chilly in Kiev. I sat in the auditorium of the Kiev Gymnasium of Oriental Languages №1, and listened to the students speaking Chinese, answering Chinese quiz and singing Chinese songs, making me feel at home.


No.4 contestant 4 performing talent show

No.4 contestant Tima said in the speech section: “I was born in Ukraine, but I have a Chinese name, Li Hao.” His speech explained why he speaks Chinese so well. In fact, “learn Chinese, double your world” has become the slogan of his family. His parents and uncle all graduated from the Kiev Gymnasium of Oriental Languages №1, and have learned Chinese. In his humorous and natural speech, he said: “Without Chinese, I cannot imagine my future. However, dream is only a dream without efforts. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and the key is to study hard.”


No.1 contestant performing talent show

Conventionally, the competition is comprised of three sections: Chinese speech, Chinese culture Q&A and talent show. No.1 contestant Anastasia said in her speech: “I have a Chinese name Bai Xue.” She told the judges and audience about her fondness for Chinese, Chinese cuisine and Chinese traditional costumes. She will graduate from secondary school next year and she is particularly eager to go to Chinese colleges. Her final affectionate words “China, you are so great, and all my dreams are related with you!” won bursts of resounding applause from the audience.


No.11 contestant giving a speech

No.9 contestant Maria is of Chinese descent and has a natural relation with Chinese. When she was eight, she found Chinese more and more interesting. She particularly likes singing Chinese songs, and in the talent show, she sang Clouds from Homeland, which touched all the people present. At the end of the competition, No. 4 contestant Tima and No. 1 contestant Anastasia won the first and the second place respectively with their excellent performances in each section.


Students cheering for the contestants

Although the other nine contestants did not make it to the final, they benefitted a lot from such a high level competition. No.1 contestant’s father Demitri said when he mentioned the reason why his daughter chose Chinese: “Chinese has its own charm. Moreover, we choose Chinese because it is of great help to her and will give her a bright future.” His words reflected the voices of many parents and children. In recent years, Chinese fever has been heating up in Ukraine, and many young Ukrainians now regard learning Chinese as the golden key to change their destiny and realize their dreams.

“Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students is a large international Chinese competition sponsored by Hanban. After the rapid development in recent years, more than 80 countries and 110 competition divisions have held preliminary round of “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students, and thousands of outstanding contestants have gone to China to participate in the semi-final and final so far.

(Story by Zhong Zhong & Chen Junfeng, Photos by Sergey, Xinhuanet.com, Kiev, Apr. 27th)