SOFIA, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Bulgarian national qualification contest of the 14th "Chinese Bridge," a Chinese language proficiency competition for foreign middle school students, was held here on Saturday.
Nine teenagers studying Chinese demonstrated Chinese language and cultural skills such as dancing, singing and tea ceremony at the event, which was held online for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lyana Vladinova from the 18th Comprehensive School in Sofia, the first Bulgarian school to begin Chinese language teaching in 1992, won the competition. She will represent Bulgaria at the finals in China.
"I hope that, through your study of the Chinese language and culture, you will become envoys of the friendly exchanges between China and Bulgaria and contribute with your efforts to the strengthening of mutual understanding and friendship between our two countries," Chinese Ambassador to Bulgaria Dong Xiaojun said at the opening ceremony.
Last year, the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria officially introduced curricula for teaching the Chinese language in schools, Dong recalled.
"At the same time, many universities, including Sofia University, have specialties related to the Chinese language and China, which have trained a large number of talents who speak Chinese and understand Chinese culture, providing a solid intellectual foundation for exchange and cooperation between China and Bulgaria in different areas," the ambassador said.
The "Chinese Bridge" competition is organized annually to inspire foreign students to learn Chinese and enhance their understanding of the Chinese culture.