Sharing Dream-Pursuing Stories on “Chinese Bridge”

[Source] [Time]    2017-06-21 12:07:07 

The northern Viet Nam preliminary round of the 16th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students was held in Hanoi University on June 15th. Twelve contestants from various universities in northern Viet Nam participated in the contest. They talked about culture, their dreams and future in Chinese, and shared their impressive stories centering on “Dreams Enlighten the Future”.

The first contestant Vụ Hương Giang from Hanoi University, though nervous, presented a graceful, charming and delicate performance of Chinese classical dance “Prunus Mume Tears”, showing endless longing. Vụ Hương Giang loved dancing a lot, especially Chinese classical dance with distinctive flavors. In order to exhibit the best performance on the “Chinese Bridge” stage, she received special training from a Chinese teacher. “I will have a better command of Chinese and go to China for more excellent dancing skills, so that I can achieve my dream to dance happily.”

Bùi Nguyễn Bảo Ly from University of Languages and International Studies of Vietnam National University, Hanoi, was an old friend of the Chinese Bridge Competition. Last year, she won the third prize for her excellent performance of Taiji Fan. And this year, she stood on the stage again and performed a Chinese classical dance “Breeze of Four Seasons”. She said that the competition has made her more confident and her dream-pursuing steps more steadfast. “I firmly believe that where there is a dream, there is surely a bright future.”

Students from Ha Long University went to Hanoi as early as 4:00 am to attend the contest. Vu Thi Ha, the teacher who led the team told the journalist that this is the first time that her students become contestants of the competition and meet with such large number of Chinese-learning Viet Nam students and Chinese friends. Everyone was excited, showing the power of dream.

It was also the first time for Mai Như Ngọc of Hung Vuong University in Phu Tho Province to go onto the “Chinese Bridge” stage. Her dream was to become a Chinese language teacher so as to pass on her knowledge to her students and experience Chinese culture with them.

When talking about dreams, the Viet Nam undergraduates on the stage brought positive energy to all the people present. Just as what Mai Như Ngọc said in her speech, “the power of dream is infinitely great, and where there is a dream, there is a stage.”

The Viet Nam undergraduates’ passion and persistence for dream made them respectable, and their knowledge in the fields such as Chinese history, geography, culture and language made them admirable as well. The students knew almost everything, including Zhang Qian who opened up the ancient Silk Road, Lang Ping who led the Chinese women’s volleyball team and won the gold medal in Rio 2016 Olympics, the four great inventions in ancient China, and the newly-built world’s largest Radio Telescope.

After fierce competition, Nguyễn Le Cẩm Túfrom Hanoi University won the first prize. On behalf of northern Viet Nam, she will go to China for the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students.

This competition was sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Hanban and Chinese Embassy in Viet Nam, and organized by Hanoi University and Confucius Institute at Hanoi University. Nguyễn Thị Cúc Phương, Vice Rector of Hanoi University and President of Board of Directors of Confucius Institute at Hanoi University, said that the Chinese Bridge Competition provides a self-presentation stage for students from each university who learn the Chinese language, culture and literature, and it also serves as a platform of exchange for teachers and students to obtain knowledge, learn experience and make friends.

Peng Shituan, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam encouraged the Viet Nam students to have a mastery of the Chinese language and try to serve as the bridge of China-Viet Nam friendship. “The better your command of Chinese is, the solider the bridge of China-Viet Nam friendship will be,” said Peng Shituan.

(Story by Liu Gang,, Hanoi, June 15th)