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Chinese Poetry Writing Competition showcases participants' creativity

      The winners of the open category and the student category of the 22nd Chinese Poetry Writing Competition have both used elegant ci poetry to express their feelings on scenery.

     Mr Huang Yee-chow and Mr Law Kwong-fai, a student from the Hong Kong Baptist University, were awarded the First Prize in the open category and student category respectively for their outstanding works.

     Other winning works featured a wide range of topics including the writers' impressions after visiting the Lion Rock and Wing Lee Street and their feelings regarding old photos.

     Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony held today (September 20) at the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL), the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Libraries and Development), Mr Lee Yuk-man, pointed out that classical Chinese poetry has received high praise over thousands of years for its refined words and exquisite rhythm.

     He said that classical Chinese poetry is not simply an ancient genre, but is also well suited to writing and expressing one's feelings in modern times.

     Since 1991, the annual competition has been organised every year to promote proficiency in Chinese language and appreciation of rhyming Chinese literature. This is the eleventh time for participants to showcase their literary talent with ci poetry.

     The adjudicators for this year's competition were Professor Ho Man-wui, Professor Chow Sik-fuk, Professor Chan Chi-ching, Professor Wong Kwan-io and Professor Lau Wai-lam.

     More than 600 entries were received in the competition. Participants showcased their creativity with topics ranging from descriptions of nature and day-to-day life to those concerning personal feelings. The competition has been well received in the community after years of promotion.

     The competition consisted of the student category and the open category, each with a First Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize, five Merit Prizes and two Special Prizes. The winners' lists are as follows:

Student Category:

First Prize      Law Kwong-fai
                 Hong Kong Baptist University

Second Prize     Lau Yik-hong
                 Hong Kong Baptist University

Third Prize      To Ka-yin         
                 Hong Kong University of Science
                 and Technology

Merit Prizes     Man Yu-ching
                 Chi Hai College of Higher Education
                 Tang Yang-fan
                 Hong Kong Baptist University
                 Wai Yui
                 Chinese University of Hong Kong
                 Wong Chiu        
                 Hong Kong Baptist University
                 Yiu Sum-ping      
                 Carmel Secondary School

Special Prizes   Cheung Sui-fan
                 Hong Kong Shue Yan University
                 Lai Chi-fung       
                 Chinese University of Hong Kong

Open Category:

First Prize      Huang Yee-chow

Second Prize     Li Ngai-ming

Third Prize      Jiao Lei

Merit Prizes     Fong Fu-wing
                 Ng Sek-chun
                 Poon Siu-mang
                 Yim Wai
                 Yuen Shui-cheong

Special Prizes   Sze Kau-lung
                 Tsang Heung-sun

     The 22nd Chinese Poetry Writing Competition's winning works are now on display until October 28 at the Foyer on the ground floor of the HKCL. A roving exhibition will be held at various public libraries starting from next month. The winning entries will also be uploaded to the HKPL's website at for public viewing.

Ends/Thursday, September 20, 2012


The prize presentation ceremony for the 22nd Chinese Poetry Writing Competition was held today (September 20) at the Hong Kong Central Library. Pictured with the award winners are attending guests (front row, from left) former Chief Librarian Mr Wu Man-fong; Professor Lau Wai-lam; Professor Wong Kwan-io; the Assistant Director (Libraries and Development) of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Lee Yuk-man; Professor Ho Man-wui; and the Chief Librarian (Hong Kong Central Library and Extension Activities), Miss Rochelle Lau.




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