ASOUND knowledge of Chinese culture helped four students of NT Heung Yee Kuk Yuen Long District Secondary School pick up the championship at an inter-school quiz on Chinese culture. The event, held at RTHK's Studio 1 last Sunday, was organised by the Education Unit of Radio Television Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Institute for the Promotion of Chinese Culture. Over the past few months, 45 school teams had taken part in a series of preliminary and intermediate rounds for the quiz. The three finalists were TWGHs Chang Ming Thien College, NT Heung Yee Kuk Yuen Long District Secondary School and Ho Fung College. Questions in the final were based on the Chinese Language and Culture syllabus, one of the subjects in the Advanced Supplementary (AS) level. All the team members seemed well-prepared, and gave answers that showed an above average familiarity with Chinese culture. After half-an-hour of tough competition, NT Heung Yee Kuk Yuen Long District Secondary School emerged the winner, with 310 points. In second place was TWGHs Chang Ming Thien College with 270 points, and Ho Fung College came third with 230 points. The four members of the winning school were Chan Suet-ying, Ching Fung-yee, Lung Hoi-tang and Fong Shuk-kuen. Team leader Suet-ying said: ''About a week before each round, we would read books on science, literature and history provided by our teachers.'' Teammate Fung-yee said the win was a surprise to her as she feared her group was lacking in adequate teamwork. ''We never discussed an answering strategy,'' the Form Six student said. ''But at the same time, we felt the questions in the final were easier than those in the previous rounds.'' The youngest team member, Hoi-tang, said he was ''not scared'' on stage as he had never expected the team to win. He also believed in not over-exerting oneself with the motive to win. Less tension meant a more relaxed state and a better performance, Hoi-tang said. Hoi-tang also felt luck had been on their side. Team member Shuk-kuen did not take part in the final, so she was able to sit in the audience and enjoy her friends' performance. ''I thought they were excellent,'' she said. ''Although it was not my turn to be on the team today, I am thrilled we won first prize.'' Officiating at the quiz were Luther Fung Luk-tak, Subject Officer (Chinese) of the Examinations Authority; Wong Kai-chee, senior lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Koo Siu-sun, programme administration director of the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture.