Chinese Bridge top 10 stand out in Saobao village
A total of 15 contestants from the Chinese Bridge competition came to Jingdezhen’s Saobao village, Jiangxi province, on July 20. It will be a challenging trip as only 10 of them can make it to the next round.
Saobao village is well-known for its pottery art. It’s actually a courtyard built with rammed earth, with a clear stream running across it. The porcelain bowls and ceramic chips were scattered around, and many of them were buried halfway in the earth. Li Jianshen, a pottery artist, is the founder. Li holds a master’s degree in pottery art from New York State College of Ceramics.
The first task for the players was to learn from Li how to make pottery. They were divided into three groups to learn how to make bronze zoomorphic motifs, murals and dye fiber overalls. “This is one of the most interesting courses I’ve ever attended,” said one of the contestants in excitement. Afterwards, each of them made a piece of art work and delivered a three-minute speech, which determined the final score.
After the intense test, one contestant began to experience local life. A bonfire party was prepared for them, but they had to prepare food themselves. So some of them went to the food market, while others went to fetch chickens and ducks. When night fell, they lighted the bonfire, and Li cooked for the contestants. Then, Liu Na, news anchor of Hunan Satellite Television announced the name of the top 10 players: Cheng Weixian and Zheng Zupeng from the Asian group; Shi Moli and Gao Minglang from the American group; Luo Lianna and Ren Liming from the Oceania group; Yiwei and Lei Mingda from the European group; and Ma Mingyuan and Yi Xiu from the African group.
Although five failed to move onto the next round, they didn’t have any regrets. At the party, the young people from around the world played guitar, sang songs and enjoyed a delicious dinner around the bonfire. The whole village was surrounded by their songs and laughter.
The top 10 will go to Anhua county in Hunan province for the next round of competition. They will experience China’s tea culture there.
By Zhang Qiong, edited by Michael Thai