The Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) Chinese Proficiency Competition is an annual worldwide Chinese speaking and performance competition. This year the competition will be held online due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

There are separate competitions for primary school, secondary school and university students. The primary school category has been introduced in 2022 for the first time.

See below for specific details on each category:

  • Primary School Students
  • Winning contestants usually have the opportunity to represent Australia at the Global Finals in China and make friends across the globe. In 2022, it is expected that the Global Finals will take place in an online format.

    West Australian students have previously enjoyed a winning streak in these competitions. In 2019, Rossmoyne Senior High School student Dayle D'Mello finished in the Top 10 in the world in the Global Finals.

    She followed in the footsteps of fellow Rossmoyne SHS student Anna Bullard, who in 2018 placed in the world Top 5 and won the Oceania Division with team mate Callum Hogden from Canberra.

    In 2017, Methodist Ladies' College student Kylee Kotula and her South Australian teammate Sophie Szabo also won the Oceania Division of the World Finals.

    In August 2018, UWA philosophy student Theo Stapleton took out second place in the World Finals of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students held in Changsha, China.  The gruelling month-long competition, which involved 152 college students from 118 countries, also saw Theo crowned as Oceania Champion. Previously, Theo's brilliant performance of Khoomei (throat singing) had helped him win the regional 2018 Chinese Bridge Competition for University Students from SA, ACT, WA and NT.

2018 Hanyu Qiao Chinese Proficiency Competition - Regional Final for Australian Secondary School Students

Video from the 2018 event can be viewed above.

 Information for primary school students

Regional Final for Primary School Students from ACT, NT, SA and WA  (entries close 17 June 2022)

The Confucius Institute at UWA will host the inaugural Chinese Bridge Regional Final for Primary School Students from ACT, NT, SA and WA. To enter, students need to submit a 2-3 minute video of themselves speaking in Mandarin and performing a Chinese cultural piece. The top two contestants will progress to the global final.

Theme

The theme is: "Chinese, Joy and Fun!" ( 快乐中文).

Prizes and Awards

All contestants will receive a participation certificate. A panel of independent judges will award prizes for best speech, best cultural performance, best costume and overall first, second and third. The two contestants ranked first and second overall will progress to the online global final. 

Key Dates

17 June 2022:  Submit the Video Entry (process advised to registered contestants)

27 June 2022:  Results Advised

Entry Requirements

To enter, contestants need to:

  1. Submit the Registration Form, signed by the candidate’s Chinese teacher.
  2. Submit the Permission and Second Language Declaration Form, signed by the candidate’s parent/caregiver.
  3. Submit a 3 minute video comprising:

  • Around 1 minute speaking on camera in Mandarin, e.g. self-introduction, comments about learning Chinese and description of the cultural piece to be performed etc (50% of mark)
  • 1-2 minutes cultural performance, e.g. Chinese song, dance, poem, calligraphy, painting, martial arts, playing a traditional Chinese instrument. Appropriate costuming is encouraged. (50% of mark.)
  • All videos should include Chinese subtitles when Mandarin is spoken (to assist judging).

    Videos should not exceed 1GB in size and need to be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo or other file sharing service, with the link (and any password) specified on the Registration Form.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the competition, students must meet the following requirements:

  • currently enrolled in an Australian primary school in the ACT, NT, SA, or WA.
  • between 4 and 13 years old.
  • a genuine speaker of Chinese (Mandarin) as a second language i.e. not exposed to or interacting in the language outside of the language classroom and:
               -  is a non-Chinese citizen;              

               -  was raised in a non-Chinese speaking country; 

               -  both the candidate and his/her parents’ native language is not Chinese*; 

               -  is not exposed to or interacts in the Mandarin language outside the language classroom. 

Eligibility must be certified by the Chinese teacher of the contestant on the Registration Form, and by a parent/authorised caregiver on the Permission Form.

Any student from SA, WA, NT and ACT who meets the above criteria may enter, however only the three highest scoring entries from each state/territory will be considered for prizes.

*If a member of the immediate family speaks Chinese but you believe the student is still eligible, please contact us to discuss the circumstances. The Confucius Institute at UWA reserves the right to determine eligibility. 

Information for secondary school students

Note: The 2020 details below are provided for information only - 2022 details yet to be confirmed.

2020 Online Competition (registrations close 26 June 2020)

  • To be held online on Saturday 25 July 2020.
  • The top four contestants from the WA Final will take part in the Australian Preliminary Final for students from ACT, NT, SA and WA on Saturday 8 August 2020. Winners from this stage will move forward in the competition, which will culminate in the Global Final later this year (also online), where contestants have the opportunity to win a scholarship to study in China.
  • Candidates should complete the registration form in the information sheet here and submit by Friday 26 June 2020 to [email protected].
  • Please click the links to download practise written tests from the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Chinese Bridge competitions.

Theme

The theme is: "Fly High with Chinese" ( “逐梦中文,不负韶华” ).

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).  The written test will be sent to contestants in the morning on 25 July. Contestants will be required to finish the test in 20 minutes and send it back immediately.
  • an unscripted speech on the topic “逐梦中文,不负韶华” (Fly High with Chinese)  -  (up to three minutes, answer two questions in Chinese - 50% of mark). The speech and Q&A will take place using the Zoom online platform.
  • a cultural performance relevant to Chinese culture such as singing in Chinese, martial arts, Chinese folk dancing and Chinese poetry recital (three to five minutes - 25% of mark). Contestants will be required to submit a video of their performance before 22 July. Details of how to submit will be forwarded to all candidates after registration.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the competition, you must be:

  • a currently enrolled secondary school student in Western Australia.
  • 15 – 18 years old.
  • not a Chinese citizen.
  • a genuine speaker of Chinese (Mandarin) as a second language i.e. not exposed to or interacting in the language outside of the language classroom and:
               -  not a Chinese-heritage student;

               -  not raised in a Chinese-speaking country; 

               -  not raised in a Chinese-speaking family (if a member of the immediate family is a Chinese  speaker, please contact us to discuss). 

Information for university students

2022 Competition (registrations close Thursday 9 June 2022)

  • To be held online Thursday 23 June 2022 (10am - 1pm Perth time).
  • Candidates should fill out the registration form in the information sheet here and submit to the Confucius Institute at UWA by 9 June 2022 at [email protected].
  • Submit cultural performance video Monday 20 June 2022.

Theme

Each year has a theme: in 2022 this is “天下一家” ("One World, One Family").

Components of the competition

The competition consists of three components:

  • a written test in Chinese on your general knowledge of China (20 minutes – 25% of mark).  The written test will be sent to contestants in the morning on 23 June. Contestants will be required to finish the test in 20 minutes and send it back immediately.
  • an unscripted speech on the theme (up to three minutes plus answer two questions in Chinese – 50% of mark). The speech and Q&A will take place using the MS Teams online platform.
  • 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 – 25% of mark).  Contestants will be required to submit a video of their performance before 20 June. Details of how to submit will be forwarded to all candidates after registration.

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.
  • not a Chinese citizen.
  • a genuine speaker of Chinese (Mandarin) as a second language i.e. not exposed to or  interacting in the language outside of the language classroom and:

               -  not a Chinese-heritage student;

               -  not raised in a Chinese-speaking country; 

               -  not raised in a Chinese-speaking family (if you believe you are eligible however a member of the immediate family is a Chinese  speaker, please contact us to discuss the circumstances). 

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

2018 Gallery