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Chinese Bridge shortens the distance of the world

By Jiang Yan
China.org.cn, 08 16, 2016
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The 15th Chinese Bridge-Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students comes to an end in Changsha City, central China's Hunan Province on August 10. [Photo/China.org.cn]

The 15th Chinese Bridge-Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students came to an end in Changsha City, central China's Hunan Province on August 10.

About 146 candidates from 108 countries qualified to participate in the fierce contest. There were five candidates from five continents in the final, with An Delie winning the champion's title.

With the theme "dreams enlighten the future," the competition has helped the Chinese language develop as not only a tool for easy communication, but also a strong catalyst for a better life, romantic relations, and self-value.

Han Jiajia (Burmese candidate), sharing her story in the first part of the final, said, "There is a large number of Chinese factories in my hometown. Having a good knowledge of the Chinese language means a satisfying job opportunity," she said. So it is no wonder her parents keep giving her financial support, even if the fee for learning Chinese makes up a third of her family's income.

Lucky Da Wei (Egyptian candidate) triggered a romantic relationship with a Chinese girl when he visited China for the first time, which proves that true love is not obstructed by boundaries.

Also because of love, Australian candidate Hu Xiao has spent years contributing to Chinese charities alongside his Chinese mum. "I would like to express great appreciation to my mum, because her generosity and care for those in need taught me that love is not about how much you gain but how much you give."

Established in 2002, Chinese Bridge has attracted millions of non-Chinese youngsters to participate in its annual event. Whether it's a simple Chinese greeting, memorizing Tang poetry, displaying calligraphy or performing opera, Chinese audiences are always impressed. It is their experience and stories from China that make cultural exchange a real form of interpersonal communication.

Zeng Ziru, a Ukrainian candidate, planned to participate in this year's competition when he was at a Chinese summer camp. "I made lots of friends in China and had so much fun. I also shared those happy moments with my family. They are very glad to see me standing on the stage."

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