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The 13th Chinese Bridge contest comes to a close in Changsha

Updated: 2014-08-04

The 13th Chinese Bridge, a Chinese proficiency competition for foreign college students, wrapped up in Changsha on the evening of Aug 3. A total of 126 players from 87 countries took part in the contest. Monica Cunha Da Silva from Brazil won the championship.

Monica Cunha Da Silva, the champion of the 13th Chinese Bridge competition [Photo/provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Xu Jialu, former vice-chairman of the NPC Standing Committee and a renowned linguist; Xu Shousheng, secretary of the Hunan Provincial Party Committee and CPC Committee; Du Jiahao, governor of Hunan province; and Xu Lin, consultant of the State Council and director of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, attended the finals and gave awards to the winners.

After a month of exciting competition, Monica Cunha Da Silva from Brazil, Rebecca Claire Cuthbert Morrison from Australia, Anesu Mhembere from Zimbabwe, Yusun Sung from South Korea and Nikita Kuzmin from Russia stood out from the 126 players from the five continents of America, Oceania, Africa, Asia and Europe, becoming the top five of the contest.

A group photo taken at the scene of the final contest of the 13th Chinese Bridge [Photo/provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The final was composed of two sections, a drama performance and impromptu answer. The champions from the five continents gave a lively performance of the play The New Silk Road. Monica Cunha Da Silva played Yang Guifei, a much-favored imperial concubine during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) and won over the judges.

The 13th Chinese Bridge contest was opened at the millennium institution, Yuelu Academy, in Changsha on July 6. It is expected to help boost cultural communication and friendship between China and other countries.

By Zhang Qiong, edited by Noelle Mateer and Michael Thai
Source: Changsha Evening News