The Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) Chinese Proficiency Competition is an annual worldwide Chinese speaking and performance competition. It is a Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) project hosted by us in Perth.

There are separate competitions for secondary school students and university students– see the relevant sections on this page. Winning contestants have the opportunity to represent Australia at the World Finals in China and make friends across the globe.

West Australian students have recently enjoyed a winning streak in these competitions. UWA philosophy student Theo Stapleton's brilliant performance of Khoomei (throat singing) helped him win the 2018 Chinese Bridge Competition for University Students from SA, ACT, WA and NT. Winning this competition, which was hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide on May 16, means Theo will represent Australia at the World Finals in China later this year along with teammate Jack Butcher from Adelaide University.

Last year's Australian regional final for secondary school students, which was held in Perth in June, 2017, was won by Kylee Kotula of Methodist Ladies' College. Kylee went on to compete in the World Finals in China in October. She and her South Australian teammate, Sophie Szabo, beat more than 200 contestants from 96 countries to win the Oceania division and be placed among the final five teams – one from each continent. Kylee and Sophie each won a year-long scholarship to study in China.

Read more about Kylee's part in the competition.

10th Hanyu Qiao Chinese Proficiency Competition

Information for secondary school students

2018 Competition (registrations now closed)

  • To be held Saturday 19 May 2018 at the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia, Claremont Campus
  • The four highest scoring contestants will compete against contestants from South Australia, ACT and NT at the Regional Final in Perth on 14-15 June, vying for a scholarship and the opportunity represent Australia at the International Finals in China
  • Candidates should complete the registration form in the information sheet here and submit by Friday 4 May to confucius.institute@uwa.edu.au
  • Please click the links to download practise written tests from the 8th, 9th and 10th Chinese Bridge competitions

Theme

The theme is: “Learn Chinese, Double Your World”.

Components of the competition

The competition consists of three components:

  • a written test in Chinese on general knowledge of China (20 minutes - 25% of mark)
  • an unscripted speech on the theme (two to three minutes - 50% of mark)
  • a cultural performance relevant to Chinese culture (three to five minutes) such as singing in Chinese, martial arts, Chinese folk dancing and Chinese poetry recital (25% of mark)

Eligibility

To be eligible for the competition, you must be:

  • a currently enrolled secondary school student in Western Australia
  • 15–20 years old
  • a non-Chinese citizen of non-Chinese background
  • a genuine speaker of Chinese (Mandarin) as a second language (if in doubt, contact the Confucius Institute)
Video from the 2017 event can be viewed above.

Information for university students

2018 Competition (registrations now closed)

  • To be held Wednesday 16 May 2018 at the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide
  • Travel subsidies of up to $850 available for top three candidates from WA
  • Prizes include Chinese language scholarships and all expenses paid travel to China in July/August for the Grand Finals
  • Candidates should fill out the registration form in the information sheet here and submit to the Confucius Institute at UWA by Wednesday 18 April at confucius.institute@uwa.edu.au
  • Confucius Institute at UWA will determine the top three candidates via interview and submit registrations to Adelaide by Monday 23 April

Theme

Each year has a theme: in 2018 this is “One World, One Family 天下一家”.

Components of the competition

The competition consists of three components:

  • a written test in Chinese on your general knowledge of China (25 minutes)
  • an unscripted speech on the theme (three minutes) plus a short question and answer quiz
  • a cultural performance relevant to Chinese culture such as singing in Chinese, martial arts, Chinese folk dancing or Chinese poem recital (three to five minutes)

Eligibility

To be eligible for the competition, you must be:

  • a currently enrolled student of an Australian tertiary institution in ACT, NT, SA, or WA
  • aged between 18 and 30 years at the time of application
  • a non-Chinese citizen of non-Chinese background
  • a genuine speaker of Chinese (Mandarin) as a second language (if in doubt, contact the Confucius Institute)

2017 'Hanyu Qiao' Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition Highlights - held at the University of Adelaide

2017 Gallery