Peking Express

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"Peking Express" may also refer to a 1951 film, see Peking Express (film).
Peking Express
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Official logo
Created by Ludo Poppe
Theme music composer Brian Tyler
Country of origin Belgium
Original language(s) Dutch
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 76
Producer(s) Gert van Kerckhove
Original channel Net 5
Original release 2004 – present
Related shows Amazing Race
External links

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 2004. 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 ten seasons aired by 2014. 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; Antena 3 acquired the rights to air a fifth season in 2015.[1] An Italian version has been produced since 2012 by RAI and shown on Rai 2 successfully.

General theme[edit]

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 €1 per person/per day as their stipend along the route.

Theme music[edit]

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.

Dutch/Flemish Seasons[edit]

Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2004 Rani & Hans  Russia, Moscow to  China, Beijing  Russia,  Mongolia,  China
2005 Karla & Sophie  China, Beijing to  India, Mumbai  China,    Nepal,  India
2006 Yves & Wendy  Vietnam, Mekong Delta to  China, Lhasa  Vietnam,  Cambodia, Laos,  China
Chimène & Bart  India, Gangotri to Kochi  India
Pascal & Miranda  Brazil, Rio de Janeiro to  Peru, Lima  Brazil,  Bolivia,  Peru
Mark & Marlinde  Mexico, Mexico City to  Venezuela, Caracas  Mexico,  Nicaragua,  Venezuela
Annebet & Quintin  Republic of Korea, Seoul to  Philippines, Manila  Republic of Korea,  Philippines

French Seasons[edit]

Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2006 Fathi & Médi  France, Paris to  China, Beijing  France -  Russia -  Mongolia -  China
2007 Nadine & Sylvie  China, Beijing to  India, Mumbai  China -    Nepal -  India
Gérard & Cédric  Brazil, Rio de Janeiro to  Peru, Lima  Brazil -  Bolivia -  Peru
Albert & Laurence  Vietnam, Ha Long bay to  Indonesia, Bali  Vietnam -  Cambodia -  Laos -  Thailand -  Indonesia
Cécilia & Mathieu  Ecuador, Equator/Amazon rainforest to  Argentina, Ushuaia  Ecuador -  Chile -  Argentina
Taïg Khris & Chloé (saison 5)  India, Bhatwari to Pondichery  India
Jean-Pierre & François  Egypt, Cairo to  South Africa, Cape Town  Egypt -  Kenya -  Tanzania -  Lesotho -  South Africa
Ludovic & Samuel (saison 7)  Republic of Korea, Seoul to  Australia, Sydney  Republic of Korea -  Philippines -  Australia
Linda & Salim  Cuba, Habana to  United States, Miami  Cuba -  Mexico -  United States
Caroline & Sabrina (saison 4)  Burma, Man Lawae to  Sri Lanka, Colombo  Burma -  India -  Bhutan -  Sri Lanka

Italian Seasons[edit]

In this version, there are mainly VIP couples.

Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2012 Alessandro Sampaoli & Debora Villa (Attori)  India, Haridwar to  China, Beijing  India,    Nepal,  China
2013 Marco Maddaloni & Massimiliano Rosolino (Sportivi)[2]  Vietnam, Hanoi to  Thailand, Bangkok  Vietnam,  Cambodia,  Laos,  Thailand
2014 Stefano Corti & Alessandro Onnis(Coinquilini)  Burma, Mandalay to  Indonesia, Ubud  Burma,  Malaysia,  Singapore,  Indonesia
2015  Peru, Lima to  Brazil, Rio de Janeiro  Peru

 Ecuador,  Brazil

Spanish Seasons[edit]

Season Channel Host Winning couple Route Visited countries
2008 Cuatro Paula Vázquez Fernando & María  Russia, Pskov to  China, Beijing

 Russia -  Mongolia -  China

2009 Raquel Sánchez-Silva Carmela & Antonio  China, Beijing to  India, Mumbai

 China -  Mongolia -  India

2010 Sandra & Belinda  Vietnam, Hanoi to  Indonesia, Bali

 Vietnam -  Cambodia -  Laos -  Thailand -  Indonesia

2011 Jesús Vázquez Mar & Vanesa  Kenya, Rift valley to  South Africa, Cape Town

 Kenya -  Tanzania -  South Africa

2015 Antena 3 Cristina Pedroche ??? & ???  Burma, Mandalay to  Singapore, Singapore

 Burma -  Malaysia -  Singapore