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Peking Express

Peking Express
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Official logo
Created byLudo Poppe
Theme music composerBrian Tyler
Country of originBelgium
Netherlands
Original Dutch
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes76
Production
Gert van Kerckhove
Release
Original networkNet 5 (Netherlands)
VT4 (Belgium)
Original release2004 (2004) -
present
Chronology
Related showsThe Amazing Race
External links
Website

Peking Express is a Dutch-Flemish reality game show that follows a series of couples as they hitchhike to or from Beijing (only in the first three seasons; seasons four and five are set in South America). The series has already gone through five seasons. In the Netherlands it is screened by Net 5 and in Belgium by VT4.

A German version was shown in 2005. The concept has also been sold to Scandinavia where it was broadcast for the first time in the autumn of 2007. The Scandinavian version is shown on Kanal 5 in Sweden, TVNorge in Norway and Kanal 5 in Denmark. A French version named Pékin Express is screened by M6, with twelve seasons aired so far from 2006 to 2019, and a thirteen and fourteen planned for 2020. It can be seen on TV5 outside France. In Spain, the first four seasons of local version Pekín Express aired on Cuatro from 2008 to 2011; Atresmedia acquired the rights in 2015 and has produced two seasons since.[1] An Italian version has been produced since 2012 by RAI and shown on Rai 2 successfully. In Poland, the series has been broadcast on TVN since 2016 and was known for its first two seasons, which were set in Asia, as Azja Express. From season 3 onwards, it has been known as Ameryka Express, with its production location changing to America; a fourth season premiered in spring 2020. In Romania, the series has aired successfully on Antena 1 since 2018 as Asia Express, with three seasons so far.

General theme

The theme of the show is to demonstrate how various couples deal with the challenges and pitfalls of attempting a long-distance hitchhike to a strange city, together with all the difficulties presented by trying to communicate in a language they don't understand. Tension was added by including couples who had broken up "in real life", but were willing to work together for the sake of winning the race.

In somewhat similar fashion to The Amazing Race, couples that come in last at various checkpoints along the way are eliminated from further competition. In the second series, each of the couples was given EUR1 per person/per day as their stipend along the route.

Theme music

The music used during the opening sequence is "Summon the Worms" from Brian Tyler's soundtrack to the 2003 miniseries Frank Herbert's Children of Dune.

Winning couples in the international versions

Africa

Moroccan seasons

Dakar Fès Express Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2011 Hind & Abd el Hakim Dakar to Fez Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco
2012 Samid Ghilan & Younès Lazrak Sulawesi to Manado Indonesia

America

Colombian seasons

Asia Express Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2016 Jairo & Eliseo Hai Duong to Bangkok Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand
2020
(on hold due to Covid-19 pandemic)
TBD Vietnam to TBA Vietnam

Mexican season

Abandonados Asia Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2016 Gabriel & Guillermo Hai Duong to Bangkok Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand

Europe

Belgium/Netherlands/Flemish seasons

Peking Express Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2004 Rani & Hans Moscow to Beijing Russia, Mongolia, [[China]
2005 Karla & Sophie Beijing to Mumbai China, Nepal, India
2006 Yves & Wendy Mekong Delta to Lhasa Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, China
2006
VIP
Chimène & Bart Gangotri to Kochi India
2007
Pascal & Miranda Rio de Janeiro to Lima Brazil, Bolivia, Peru
2008
Mark & Marlinde Mexico City to Caracas Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela
2012
Annebet & Quintin Seoul to Manila South Korea, Philippines
2017
Brecht & Cedric H? Long to Angkor Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia

Denmark/Sweden/Norway seasons

Peking Express Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2007 Tyra & Stefan Moscow to Beijing Russia, Mongolia, China

German seasons

Peking Express Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2005 Anja & Marc Moscow to Beijing Russia, Mongolia, China
Star Race 2012 Jimi & Nino Bolinao to Manila Philippines

French seasons

Pékin Express Season Season's

subtitle

Winning couple Route Visited countries
2006 La Route du Transsibérien Fathi & Médi Paris to Beijing France, Russia, Mongolia, China
2007 La Route de l'Himalaya Nadine & Sylvie Beijing to Mumbai China, Nepal, India
2008 La Route des Incas Gérard & Cédric Rio de Janeiro to Lima Brazil, Bolivia, Peru
2009 La Route des Dragons Albert & Laurence Ha Long bay to Bali Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia
2010 La Route du bout du monde Cécilia & Mathieu Equator/Amazon rainforest to Ushuaia Ecuador, Chile, Argentina
2010
VIP
Duos de choc Taïg Khris & Chloé (saison 5) Bhatwari to Pondichery India
2011 La Route des grands fauves Jean-Pierre & François Cairo to Cape Town Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Lesotho, South Africa
2012
All-Stars
Le Passager mystère Ludovic & Samuel (saison 7) Seoul to Sydney South Korea, Philippines, Australia
2013 Le Coffre maudit Linda & Salim Habana to Miami Cuba, Mexico, United States
2014
All-Stars
À la découverte des mondes inconnus Caroline (saison 4) & Sabrina Man Lawae to Colombo Myanmar, India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka
2018 La Course infernale Christina & Didier Kuching to Tokyo Malaysia, Philippines, Japan
2019 La Route des 50 volcans Laeticia et Aurélie lake Atitlan to Bogotá Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia
2020
All-Stars
Retour sur la Route Mythique Julie & Denis Moscow to Beijing Russia, China
2021
(on hold due to Covid-19 pandemic)
TBD TBD Entebbe to Istanbul Uganda, Greece, Turkey

(Due to Covid-19 pandemic the route was changed after 6 months on hold. Original plans were to travel through Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates finishing in Dubai, but only was possible to film the 3 first episodes in Uganda)

Hungarian seasons

In this version, there are mainly Hungarian VIP couples.

Ázsia Expressz Season Season's subtitle Host Winning couple Runner up Third placed Continent Route Visited countries
2017 A sárkány útja Ördög Nóra Ambrus Attila & Berki Krisztián Kulcsár Edina & Szabó András "Csuti" Megyeri Csilla & Molnár Zsolt Asia H?i Dng to Bangkok Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand
2019 Horváth Gréta & Meggyes Dávid Janicsák Veca & Ladányi Jancsó Ábel Demcsák Zsuzsa & Kandász Andrea Negombo to Chiang Mai Sri Lanka, India, Thailand
2020
(on hold due to Covid-19 pandemic)
TBD TBD TBD TBA to Taipei Philippines, Taiwan

Italian seasons

In this version, there are mainly VIP couples.

Pechino Express Season Season's subtitle Host Winning couple Runner up Third placed Continent Route Visited countries
2012 Avventura in Oriente Emanuele Filiberto Alessandro Sampaoli & Debora Villa (Gli Attori) Andrés Gil & Anastasia Kuzmina (I Ballerini) Costantino della Gherardesca & Barù (Zio e Nipote) Asia Haridwar to Beijing India, Nepal, China
2013 Obiettivo Bangkok Costantino della Gherardesca Massimiliano Rosolino & Marco Maddaloni (Gli Sportivi)[2] Francesca Fioretti & Ariadna Romero (Le Modelle) Daniel Moreno Mendoza & Laura Caratelli (I Laureati) Hanoi to Bangkok Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand
2014 Ai confini dell'Asia Stefano Corti & Alessandro Onnis (I Coinquilini) Amaurys Perez & Angela Rende (I Pérez) Eva Grimaldi & Roberta Garzia (Le Cougar) Mandalay to Bali Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia
2015 Il nuovo mondo Antonio Andrea Pinna & Roberto Bertolini (Gli Antipodi) Christian Kang Bachini & Son Pascal (Gli Espatriati) Giulia Salemi & Fariba Mohammad Tehrani (Le Persiane) America Quito to Rio de Janeiro Ecuador, Peru, Brazil
2016 Le civiltà perdute Alessio Stigliano & Alessandro Tenace (I Socialisti) Diego Passoni & Cristina Bugatty (I Contribuenti) Lory del Santo & Marco Cucolo (Gli Innamorati) Bogotá to Mexico City Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico
2017 Verso il Sol Levante Ema Stokholma & Valentina Pegorer (Le Clubber) Antonella Elia & Jill Cooper (Le Caporali) Achille Lauro & Boss Doms (I Compositori) Asia Pagbilao to Tokyo Phlippines, Taiwan, Japan
2018 Avventura in Africa Patrizia Rossetti & Maria Teresa Ruta (Le Signore della TV) Fabrizio Colica & Tommy Kuti (Gli Scoppiati) Linda Morselli & Rachele Fogar (Le Mannequin) Africa Tangier to Cape Town Morocco, Tanzania, South Africa
2020 Le stagioni dell'Oriente Nicole Rossi & Jennifer Poni (Le Collegiali) Enzo Miccio & Carolina Gianuzzi (I Wedding Planner) Ema Kovac & Dayane Mello (Le Top) Asia Ko Phra Thong to Seoul Thailand, China, South Korea
Pekin Express 2021 (On hold due to Covid-19 pandemic) TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBA TBA to TBA TBA

Polish seasons

In this version, there are only celebrity couples.

Azja Express Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2016 Micha? ?urawski & Ludwik Borkowski Hai Duong to Bangkok Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand
2017 Antoni Pawlicki & Pawe? ?awrynowicz Sigiriya to Mumbai Sri Lanka, India
Ameryka Express 2018 Aleksandra Doma?ska & Dawid Doma?ski San Antonio de Ibarra to Cusco Ecuador, Peru
2020 Karolina Pisarek & Marta Gajewska-Komorowska Antigua to Cartagena Guatemala, Colombia

Spanish seasons

Pekín Express Season Season's subtitle Winning couple Route Visited countries
2008 La Ruta del Transiberiano Fernando & María (couple in crisis) Pskov to Beijing Russia, Mongolia, China
2009 La Ruta del Himalaya Carmela & Antonio (rural friends) Beijing to Mumbai China, Nepal, India
2010 La Ruta del Dragón Sandra & Belinda (sisters) Hanoi to Bali Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia
2011 Aventura en África Mar & Vanesa (sisters) Rift valley to Cape Town Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa
2015 La Ruta de los Mil Templos Ángel & Bea (siblings-in-law) Mandalay to Singapore Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore
2016 La Ruta de los Elefantes Matías & Nabil (geek cousins) Anuradhapura to Mumbai Sri Lanka, India

Romanian seasons

In this version, there are only celebrity couples.

Asia Express Season Season's subtitle Host Winning couple Runner up Third placed Continent Route Visited countries
2018 Drumul Dragonului Gina Pistol and Marius Damian Raluca Nistor & Ana Baniciu Liviu Vârciu & Andrei ?tef?nescu Daniela Crudu & Vica Blochina Asia H? Long to Bangkok Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand
2019 Drumul Elefantului Gina Pistol, Liviu Vârciu and Andrei ?tef?nescu Eduard Mihail Andreianu & Ionu? Dongo Ana Claudia Grigore & Adrian Robert Andra Gheorghe & Bogdan Boant? Negombo to Mumbai Sri Lanka, India
2020 Drumul Comorilor Gina Pistol, Ionu? Dongo and Marius Damian Sorin Bontea & R?zvan Fodor ?tefan Sprianu & ?tefania Codreanu Ada Alexandra Moldovan & C?t?lin Rizea Lucena to Taipei Philippines, Taiwan
2021 (On hold due to Covid-19 pandemic) TBA Gina Pistol TBD TBD TBD TBA TBA to TBA TBA

International versions

Name Country Host Route and Visited countries Channel Website
Peking Express Netherlands Netherlands
Belgium Belgium (Flanders)
Ernst-Paul Hasselbach (2004)
Art Rooijakkers and Roos Van Acker (2005-2008)
Sol Wortelboer (2012)
Sean Dhondt and Rik van de Westelaken (2017)
2004: Moscow - Beijing
2005: Peking - Mumbai
2006: Rach Gia - Lhasa
2006: Gangotri - Kochi
2007: Rio de Janeiro - Lima
2008: Mexico City - Caracas
2012: Seoul - Manila
2017: H? Long - Angkor
NET 5
VT4 (2004-2008)
Q2 (2017)
Official website Netherlands
Official website Belgium
Peking Express
Star Race
Germany Germany Patrice Bouédibéla
Roberta Brandao
2005: Moscow - Beijing
2012: Bolinao - Manila
RTL
Pékin Express France France Stéphane Rotenberg 2006: Paris - Pskov - Beijing
2007: Beijing - Mumbai
2008: Rio de Janeiro - Lima
2009: Ha Long Bay - Bali
2010: Nueva Loja - Ushuaia
2010: Gangotri - Pondicherry
2011: Cairo - Cape Town
2012: Seoul - Sydney
2013: Habana - Miami
2014: Lashio - Colombo
2018: Kuching - Tokyo
2019: lake Atitlan - Bogotá
2020: Moscow - Beijing
2021: Entebbe - Istanbul
M6 Official website
Peking Express Denmark Denmark
Sweden Sweden
Norway Norway
- 2007: Moscow - Beijing TVNorge
Kanal 5
Official website Norway
Pekín Express Spain Spain Paula Vázquez (2008)
Raquel Sánchez-Silva (2009-2010)
Jesús Vázquez (2011)
Cristina Pedroche (2015-2016)
2008: Madrid - Pskov - Beijing
2009: Beijing - Mumbai
2010: Hanoi - Bali
2011: Rift Valley - Cape Town
2015: Mandalay - Singapore
2016: Anuradhapura - Mumbai
Cuatro (2008-2011)
Antena 3 (2015)
laSexta (2016)
Official website (Cuatro)
Official website (Antena 3)
Official website (laSexta)
Dakar Fès Express Morocco Morocco Hicham Mesrar 2011: Dakar - Fez
2012: Wori - Manado
2M Official website
A Grande Aventura Portugal Portugal Fernanda Serrano 2012: Manado Tua - Manado TVI Official website
Pékin Express Belgium Belgium (Wallonia) Michel De Maegd 2012: Wori - Manado RTL Official website
Pechino Express (1-8)
Pekin Express (9-)
Italy Italy Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia (2012)
Costantino della Gherardesca (2013-2020)
TBD (2021-)
2012: Haridwar - Beijing
2013: Hanoi - Bangkok
2014: Mandalay - Bali
2015: Quito - Rio de Janeiro
2016: Bogotá - Mexico City
2017: Pagbilao - Tokyo
2018: Tangier - Cape Town
2020: Ko Phra Thong - Seoul
2021: TBD
Rai 2 (2012-2020)
Sky Italia (2021-)
Official website
Asia Express Colombia Colombia Ivan Lalinde 2016: Hanoi - Bangkok
2021: TBA
Caracol Televisión Official website
Abandonados Asia Mexico Mexico Paola Nuñez 2016: Hanoi - Bangkok Azteca 7 Official website
Azja Express (1-2)
Ameryka Express (3-4)
Poland Poland Agnieszka Wo?niak-Starak (2016-2018)
Daria ?adocha (2020-)
2016: Hanoi - Bangkok
2017: Sigiriya - Mumbai
2018: San Antonio de Ibarra - Cusco
2020: Antigua - Cartagena
TVN Official website
Ázsia Expressz Hungary Hungary Nóra Ördög 2017: H?i Dng - Bangkok
2019: Negombo - Chiang Mai
2021: Lucena - Taipei
TV2 Official website
Asia Express Romania Romania Gina Pistol (2018-)
Marius Damian (2018, 2020-)
Liviu Vârciu (2019)
Andrei ?tef?nescu (2019)
Ionu? Dongo (2020-)
2018: H? Long - Bangkok
2019: Negombo - Mumbai
2020: Lucena - Taipei
2021: TBD
Antena 1 Official website

References

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