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The 10th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for High School Students

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


2017 Chinese Bridge– Chinese Proficiency Competition for High School Students:
2017 Preliminary Contest in the State of Washington

April 15, 2017, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mary Gates Hall 231
University of Washington, Seattle

The Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for high school students in Washington State is co-organized by the Confucius Institute of the state of Washington and the Center for Global Studies of the University of Washington. The contest adopts the same format and structure used by Hanban in the final competition, which includes a 3-minute prepared speech (100 points), a knowledge bowl on China (60 points) and a Chinese culture talent show (40 points). Contestants must participate in all three categories. A database of questions on China and Chinese language will be provided by CIWA to help participating students prepare for the contest.

  • Part 1 – Prepared Speech: Constants will be asked to make a 3-minute speech on the theme provided prior. 1-2 questions will be asked in regard to the speech content. An invited panel of judges will evaluate each contestant’s performance based on the speaker’s Chinese language proficiency.
  • Part 2 – Knowledge Bowl on China: Contestants will be invited to answer 6 questions about China and Chinese language, with each question worth 10 points. If more than one contestant receives the same highest scores, additional questions will be asked of each remaining contestant until the final winner is decided. However the points from the first round will be counted into the final result.
  • Part 3 – Chinese cultural talent show: Contestants are invited to demonstrate a Chinese culture skill: singing a Chinese song, performing a Chinese dance, doing paper-cutting or Chinese calligraphy, reciting Chines poems, doing a martial arts performance, playing a Chinese music instrument, etc. The panel of judges will evaluate each contestant’s performance.


Participants should be:

1. High school students in the state of WA

2. Born outside of China

3. Speakers of Chinese as a second language

To register for the competition, students in Confucius Classrooms will complete the registration forms provided by their teachers. Participants must compete in all three categories.

All students, teachers and parents are welcome to observe the event.

Panel of Judges

A panel of 3-5 judges will be formed to evaluate the performances of all contestants. All judges will be Chinese teachers or instructors from different K-12 schools in Washington State or the Chinese instructors from the Confucius Institute.


  1. Participants with the first 3 highest overall scores and participants with the highest score for each of the 3 individual categories (prepared speech, knowledge bowl on China and Chinese culture, talent show) will be recognized with trophies.
  2. The first and second-place winners of the Washington State competition will be nominated by the Confucius Institute to participate in the Chinese Bridge Regional Competition for US Northwest held by Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco. Round trip tickets and accommodation will be provided.
  3. The first place winner of the San Francisco regional competition will be nominated by the Chinese Consulate General to participate in the semi-finals held by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in China. International travel to and from China, local transportation and accommodation in China will be provided during the competition.
  4. The second place winner of the regional competition will be sponsored by the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco to participate in the Chinese Bridge summer camp in China. The international travel, local transportation and accommodation in China will be provided.

For more details, please contact Wenqiu Wang at wewang@seattleschools.org or visit last year’s program website.



April 15
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Mary Gates Hall Room 231, University of Washington
Seattle, WA, WA 98195 United States + Google Map