The Chinese Bridge Competition First Launched in Henan
Recently, the press conference held by the Information Office of Henan Provincial People’s Government issued that the semi-finals and finals of the 12th Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students will be staged in Beijing and Henan. The opening ceremony and the award ceremony for semi-finals and finals will be held in Henan. It is worth mentioning that, this is the first launch of the competition held in Henan.
Themed with “Learning Chinese, Creating Brighter Future”, this competition is organized by Confucius Institute Headquarters and Henan Provincial People’s Government, and sponsored by Henan Provincial Department of Education and Zhengzhou Municipal People’s Government. Focusing on the assessment of participants’ Chinese language ability, understanding on China’s national conditions, mastery of Chinese culture, and comprehensive competence of Chinese language and culture, the different assessment means are adopted such as keynote speech, talent show and FAQ. In this competition, there are 262 middle school student participants aged from 15 to 20, who are non-Chinese nationality and non-native speakers, from 119 regions of 105 countries. Generally, this competition has ranked the one with the largest number of participant countries unprecedentedly since the start of the Chinese Bridge competition.
据介绍，“汉语桥”系列中文比赛主要包括世界大学生中文比赛、世界中学生中文比赛和全球外国人汉语大会三项比赛，自2002年启动以来，从最初的21个国家和地区的49名选手参赛，到现在已吸引150多个国家和地区的140万名青少年参加预选赛，6500多名选手参加决赛。选手们用自己的方式诠释着中文和中华文化的魅力，在世界范围内搭建起一座座文化之桥、友谊之桥、心灵之桥。（河南日报记者 史晓琪 实习生 周玉琴 编译 赵汉青 审校 焦丹）
It is reported that the Chinese Bridge competitions mainly consist of Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students, and Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreigners across the Globe. Comparing with the number of merely 49 participants from 21 countries and regions for the first Chinese Bridge competition in 2002, the competition participants’ number has increased to 1.4 million from more than 150 countries and regions to participate in the qualifiers, and over 6500 to participate in the finals. All these participants are the envoys for interpreting the charm of Chinese language and culture over the years in their own way, building up the bridges of international culture communication and friendly cooperation.