Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition
"Chinese Bridge," a Chinese Proficiency Competition, is an international contest sponsored by Hanban, and is well-known in cultural and educational exchanges worldwide. Launched in 2002, these annual competitions have been hosted 9 times and attracted more than 593 college students from 59 countries to participate in its semi-finals and in the finals, held in China. More than 50 000 students worldwide participate in the preliminary rounds. The competition is held annually, organized and executed by an Organizing Committee. Candidates participate in one of three levels:
- "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students,
- "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign High School Students
- "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students in China
At all levels, the following are tested: Chinese language proficiency, knowledge of China, Chinese cultural skills and a comprehensive learning ability.
The competitions aim to inspire students in various countries to continue learning Chinese and to promote understanding of the Chinese language and culture worldwide. Participants are foreign students under the age of 30 with foreign nationality, or overseas-born Chinese whose first language is not Chinese.
Every year, from January to June, the preliminary rounds of the competition are held in various countries. June to August sees the semi-finals after which the finals are held in China.
Essentially, the competition bridges the communication between young people of China and those of other countries.
If you would like to take part in this competition, or would like to obtain more information, please contact any of the local Chinese Embassies or Consulates, Confucius Institutes or visit Hanban’s website: http://english.hanban.org/.