A 12-year-old Algerian boy was topped winner of the eighth Shenzhen Expats Chinese language Expertise Competitors on Sunday.
Younes Bensebaa wowed judges together with his recital of Nostalgia, a well-liked poem by Yu Guangzhong, to assert the highest prize.
Aleksandr Vaskin, 11, from Russia, and 12-year-old Ahn Tae-hyeon from South Korea had been each named runners-up.
The annual occasion, which promotes Chinese language tradition in addition to exchanges between Chinese language and foreigners in Shenzhen, attracted a whole lot of entrants this 12 months, organizers mentioned.
After a number of heats, they had been whittled all the way down to 10 finalists from 9 international locations.
Throughout the three-hour occasion on Sunday, contestants needed to make a three-minute speech in Chinese language, play a word-guessing sport, and carry out a expertise.
One of many judges, professor Gu Xiaojin from Shenzhen College’s College of Communication, mentioned the competitors exhibits that Chinese language tradition is well-recognized among the many metropolis’s expats.
“They’ve realized about Chinese language tradition, blended into the tradition, and can most likely put it on the market after they return to their residence international locations,” he mentioned.
The expertise contest is organized by Shenzhen Every day and its English-language web site, Eyeshenzhen, and is sponsored by the town’s international affairs workplace and data workplace.
Since its launch in 2010, the competitors has change into an vital occasion among the many expat neighborhood. 1000’s of individuals have taken half, with some happening to change into rising stars on Chinese language TV.