Chinese Bridge: Phoenix Island hosts contest for top five
The top 10 candidates of Chinese Bridge, the Chinese proficiency competition for foreign college students, came to Phoenix Island in Hunan’s Anhua county on July 26. The top five contestants, championing the five continents, stand out in a new round of competition on the island famous for its tea plantations.
The Phoenix Island Tea Park integrates agricultural sightseeing and eco-environmental protection. It sits at the southern foot of the Xuefeng Mountains. The long mountain chain resembles a phoenix spreading its wings. The island’s tea is free from fertilizers and poisonous pesticides; and the vast tea garden resembles a poetic painting.
The contestants arrived on the island early in the morning and saw numerous Qianliang tea bushes, a famous tea in Anhua. It gets its name as every roll of tea weighs 1,000 liang (qianliang, equals 50 kilograms). The first task for contestants was to learn how to make the tea. They were guided by a local tea master to pack tea leaves in bulk into Qianliang Tea.
The true competition began after the tea making. Contestants went to the top of the island, where they gave speeches on their recent experiences in China as well as their understanding of part of the Chinese philosophy – the unity of knowing and doing. Contestants shared their recent life experiences in Xi’an, Jingdezhen and Anhua. Their sincerity and enthusiasm for Chinese culture were fully reflected in their speeches.
A total of three judges evaluated their speeches and made decisions based on the players’ overall performance during the three days in Anhua and the five winners were named as: Cheng Weixian from Asia; Lei Mingda from Europe; Shi Moli from the America; Ma Mingyuan from Africa; and Luo Lianna from Oceania.
Edited By Zhang Qiong