Belvedere College - Chinese Bridge Compeition 2015

Chinese Bridge Compeition 2015

Chinese Bridge Compeition 2015

Jack Nolan Represents Ireland at International Chinese Language Competition
for the 2nd year running

In October, I travelled to China with three other Irish students to represent Ireland in The 8th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students. Earlier in the year, I competed in the national competition in Cork which consisted of a speech, talent show and quiz. I finished 3rd in the competition and won a place to China to take part in the international competition along with 400 other secondary school students from all around the world. We spent three days in Beijing at the start of the trip. We visited the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Zoo to see the pandas. We also visited the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing.  We then flew to Kunming, in the Yunnan Provence, where the competition was taking place. We stayed in a university in Kunming and visited different places each day. We went to different Chinese villages as well as a high school. We did many cultural activities and the competition took place. The top two students from each country competed in the competition while the other two were part of the audience. I was an observer for the competition. The Irish team performed very well in the competition.  I really enjoyed it and met so many people from every corner of the Earth. The whole trip was a great success and a brilliant experience.

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