Chinese Bridge

The Trinidad and Tobago Preliminary Competition

The Chinese Bridge preliminary competition is organized by the Confucius Institute at the UWI St. Augustine Campus. This bi-annual event is an important platform for international university students to learn the Chinese language and understand more about China. It also serves to help young people in the world better communicate with one another. The components of the competition include Chinese language proficiency, knowledge about China, Chinese cultural talent and comprehensive learning ability. Students who win the preliminary rounds held in their countries qualify to go to China for the semi-finals and finals. They will also be further rewarded with scholarships to further their studies in China.

Cultural Promotion Activities

Contestants must be individuals aged 18 and over, of Caribbean citizenship, born and raised in the Caribbean, whose native language is NOT Mandarin Chinese.

Competition Structure

The competition is divided into three rounds:

  1. Prepared speech on a given topic (3 minutes).
    Sample speech topics:
  2. Talent performance related to Chinese culture (3 minutes).
    Suggested performance types: song, dance, martial arts, calligraphy, prose/poetry recital, traditional storytelling, etc.
  3. Question-and-answer round (three China-related questions). Culture, language and national conditions. Question booklet will be given on registration.

Competition Awards

The First Prize and Second Prize winners have the opportunity to attend the grand finals in China. A special award is given to the contestant with the best overall talent performance. All contestants will receive special souvenirs and certificates of participation.

Registration and Tutoring Information

Registration is done online. The registration form will be made available each time the contest is advertised. The Confucius Institute will provide free tutoring for contestants in Trinidad and Tobago for a two-week period prior to the day of the competition.

Chinese Bridge Brochure

Download our Chinese Bridge Brochure (The brochure is currently being updated)