Peking Express

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Peking Express
Peking Express.jpg
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 network Net 5
Original release 2004 – present
Related shows Amazing Race
External links

Peking Express is a DutchFlemish 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 from 2006 to 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; 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.

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.

Winning couples in the international versions around the world[edit]


Moroccan Seasons[edit]

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


Colombian Seasons[edit]

Asia Express Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2016 Jairo & Eliseo  Vietnam, Hanoi to  Thailand, Bangkok  Vietnam  Laos  Cambodia  Thailand

Mexican Season[edit]

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


Belgium/Netherlands/Flemish Seasons[edit]

Peking Express 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  South Korea, Seoul to  Philippines, Manila  South Korea


Denmark/Sweden/Norway Seasons[edit]

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

German Seasons[edit]

Peking Express Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2005 Anja & Marc  Russia, Moscow to  China, Beijing  Russia  Mongolia  China

French Seasons[edit]

Pékin Express 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)  South Korea, Seoul to  Australia, Sydney  South Korea

 Philippines  Australia

Linda & Salim  Cuba, Habana to  United States, Miami  Cuba  Mexico  United States
Caroline & Sabrina (saison 4)  Myanmar, Man Lawae to  Sri Lanka, Colombo  Myanmar  India  Bhutan  Sri Lanka

Italian Seasons[edit]

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  India, Haridwar to  China, 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)  Vietnam, Hanoi to  Thailand, 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)  Myanmar, Mandalay to  Indonesia, Ubud  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  Ecuador, Quito to  Brazil, 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)  Colombia, Bogotá to  Mexico, Mexico City  Colombia  Guatemala  Mexico

Polish Seasons[edit]

Azja Express Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2016 Michał Żurawski, Ludwik Borkowski  Vietnam, Hanoi to  Thailand, Bangkok  Vietnam,  Laos,  Cambodia,  Thailand
2017 TBA  India, TBA to  India, TBA  India

Spanish Seasons[edit]

Pekín Express Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2008 Fernando & María (couple in crisis)  Russia, Pskov to  China, Beijing

 Russia  Mongolia  China

2009 Carmela & Antonio (rural friends)  China, Beijing to  India, Mumbai

 China    Nepal  India

2010 Sandra & Belinda (sisters)  Vietnam, Hanoi to  Indonesia, Bali

 Vietnam  Cambodia  Laos  Thailand  Indonesia

2011 Mar & Vanesa (sisters)  Kenya, Rift valley to  South Africa, Cape Town

 Kenya  Tanzania  South Africa

2015 Ángel & Bea (brother- and sister-in-law)  Myanmar, Mandalay to  Singapore, Singapore

 Myanmar  Malaysia  Singapore

2016 Matías & Nabil (geek cousins)  Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura to  India, Mumbai  Sri Lanka  India

International versions[edit]

Name Country Host Route Channel Website
Peking Express Netherlands Netherlands
Belgium Belgium (Flanders)
Ernst-Paul Hasselbach (2004)
Art Rooijakkers & Roos Van Acker (2005-2008)
Sol Wortelboer (2012)
2004: MoscowBeijing RussiaMongoliaChina
2005: PekingMumbai ChinaNepalIndia
2006: Rach GiaLhasa VietnamCambodiaLaosChina
2006: GangotriKochi India
2007: Rio de JaneiroLima BrazilBoliviaPeru
2008: Mexico CityCaracas MexicoNicaraguaVenezuela
2012: SeoulManila South KoreaPhilippines
Official website Netherlands
Official website Belgium
Pékin Express France France Stéphane Rotenberg 2006: Paris – PskovBeijing FranceRussiaMongoliaChina
2007: BeijingMumbai ChinaHong KongNepalIndia
2008: Rio de JaneiroLima BrazilBoliviaPeru
2009: Ha Long BeachBali VietnamCambodiaLaosThailandIndonesia
2010: Equator (Nueva Loja) – Ushuaia EcuadorChileArgentina
2010: GangotriPondicherry India
2011: CairoCape Town EgyptKenyaTanzaniaSouth AfricaLesotho
2012: Seoul – Sydney South KoreaPhilippinesAustralia
2013: Habana – Miami CubaMexicoUnited States
2014: Man LawaeColombo MyanmarIndiaBhutanSri Lanka
M6 Official website
Peking Express Germany Germany Patrice Bouédibéla 2005: Moscow – Beijing RussiaMongoliaChina RTL
Peking Express Denmark Denmark
Sweden Sweden
Norway Norway
2007: Moscow – Beijing RussiaMongoliaChina 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: PskovBeijing RussiaMongoliaChina
2009: BeijingMumbai ChinaHong KongNepalIndia
2010: HanoiBali VietnamCambodiaLaosThailandIndonesia
2011: Rift ValleyCape Town KenyaTanzaniaSouth Africa
2015: MandalaySingapore MyanmarMalaysiaSingapore
2016: AnuradhapuraMumbai Sri LankaIndia
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: DakarFez SenegalMauritaniaMorocco
2012: Wori – Manado Indonesia
2M Official website
A Grande Aventura Portugal Portugal Fernanda Serrano 2012: Manado Tua – Manado Indonesia TVI Official website
Pékin Express Belgium Belgium (Wallonia) Michel De Maegd 2012: Wori – Manado Indonesia RTL Official website
Abandonados Asia Mexico Mexico Paola Nuñez 2016: HanoiBangkok VietnamCambodiaLaosThailand Azteca 7 Official website
Pechino Express Italy Italy Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia (2012)
Costantino della Gherardesca (2013–)
2012: HaridwarBeijing IndiaNepalChina
2013: HanoiBangkok VietnamCambodiaLaosThailand
2014: MandalayBali MyanmarMalaysiaSingaporeIndonesia
2015: QuitoRio de Janeiro EcuadorPeruBrazil
2016: BogotáMexico City ColombiaGuatemalaMexico
Rai 2
Rai HD
Rai Premium
Official website
Asia Express Colombia Colombia Ivan Lalinde 2016: HanoiBangkok VietnamCambodiaLaosThailand Caracol TV Official website
Azja Express Poland Poland Agnieszka Woźniak-Starak 2016: HanoiBangkok VietnamLaosCambodiaThailand TVN Official website