The Chinese Bridge Competition

Chinese Bridge is an international competition in which non-Chinese students can demonstrate their knowledge of Chinese language and culture… and have a lot of fun in the process! The winners of the national competition get the chance to go to China for the televised finals. Taking part in Chinese Bridge is a great way to develop your language and presentation skills, and really helps you to take your Chinese to the next level.

Competitors are judged in three areas:

  • Chinese language proficiency
  • Knowledge of China
  • Chinese cultural performance

Take part in the Chinese Bridge Competition!

Each year, the Business Confucius Institute and East Asian Studies Department select up to four students to represent the University of Leeds at the UK finals in London. The candidates selected receive coaching and support from BCI and EAST staff to help prepare them for the competition. This includes assistance in selecting and preparing an appropriate talent performance. The top UK competitor from the national finals then goes to China for the televised international competition!

I think that the best think about taking part in the competition was the incredible help and support given by our teachers at the Confucius Institute and in the East Asian Studies Department.

Matthew O’Dowd, 3rd in the 2015 Chinese Bridge National Final

Entry requirements for contestants

The competition is open to people who satisfy the following criteria:

  • University student
  • Aged between 18 and 30
  • Of non-Chinese nationality
  • Born and raised outside of China
  • First language is not Chinese
  • Hasn’t participated in the semi-final and final competition held in China in 2017

UK finals: competition format and prizes

Format

  • Speech on a topic of your own choosing, including a brief self-introduction in Chinese (3 mins)
  • Cultural Knowledge Quiz. 5 questions to test your general knowledge about Chinese culture (2 mins)
  • Performance. Contestants can choose to perform Chinese songs, music, dance, folk arts, acrobatics, musical instruments, calligraphy, paper cutting, kung fu, etc. (3 mins)

Prizes & Awards

The Grand Prize winner and the First Prize winner will go to China to represent the UK in the Semi-final of the world-wide competition.

  • Grand Prize – one £500
  • First Prize – one £400
  • Second Prizes – two £200 each
  • Third Prizes – three £100 each

Individual Awards

  • Most Eloquent £100
  • Most Creative £100
  • Most Talented £100
  • Most Knowledgeable £100
  • Best Tutor £200

The cash awards are for the purchase of Chinese study materials.

Previous results

University of Leeds results - 2018

British Finals (London)

Alexia Daubresse (杜雅莉)

3rd year student from the University of Leeds East Asian Studies Department

Second Place

Nadine Golding (高娜娜)

3rd year student from the University of Leeds East Asian Studies Department

 

University of Leeds results - 2017

International Finals (China)

Gabriel Mayoral Galindo (葛金鹰)

Reached the final 30 and was one of the top seven competitors from Europe

Mark McPhilips (莫马克)

Represented the UK in the initial rounds of the competition

British Finals (London)

Gabriel Mayoral Galindo (葛金鹰)

4th year student from the University of Leeds East Asian Studies Department

Second Place

Mark McPhilips (莫马克)

3rd year student from the University of Leeds East Asian Studies Department

Second Place

Charlie Bridges (毕天宇)

3rd year student from the University of Leeds East Asian Studies Department

Third Place

Shreya Patel (花雪丫)

4th year student from the University of Leeds School of Mathematics studying Mathematics

Third Place

University of Leeds results - 2016

British Finals

Yumeka Nosaka (农坂梦香)

3rd year exchange student from the University of Leeds East Asian Studies Department

Second Place; Most Eloquent

Giovanni Battista Baffetti (乔万尼)

Postgraduate student from Leeds University Business School studying International Business

Second Place

University of Leeds results - 2015

British Finals

Alice Heales (何雨妍)

Third Place

Tania Yeromiyan (燕倓雅)

Third Place

Matthew O’Dowd (马修) 

Third Place

Christy O’Driscoll (洪佑全)

Most Eloquent

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