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. This year, the competition will be held online due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

There are separate competitions for secondary school students and university students– see the relevant sections on this page. Winning contestants usually have the opportunity to represent Australia at the Global Finals in China and make friends across the globe. In 2021, it is expected that the Global Finals will take place in an online format.

West Australian students have recently 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

Information for secondary school students

Note: The 2020 details below are provided for information only - 2021 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). 

Video from the 2018 event can be viewed above.

Information for university students

2020 Competition (registrations close 3 July 2020)

  • To be held online Friday 17 July 2020.
  • Candidates should fill out the registration form in the information sheet here and submit to the Confucius Institute at UWA by Friday 3 July 2020 at [email protected].

Theme

Each year has a theme: in 2020 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 17 July. 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 – 50% of mark) plus a short question and answer quiz. 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 or Chinese poem recital (three to five minutes – 25% of mark).  Contestants will be required to submit a video of their performance before 14 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 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 a member of the immediate family is a Chinese  speaker, please contact us to discuss). 

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

2018 Gallery