Peking Express

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Peking Express
Peking Express.jpg
Official logo
Created byLudo Poppe
Theme music composerBrian Tyler
Country of originBelgium
Netherlands
Original languageDutch
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes76
Production
ProducerGert van Kerckhove
Release
Original networkNet 5 (Netherlands)
VT4 (Belgium)
Original release2004 (2004) –
present
Chronology
Related showsThe Amazing Race

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 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 for its first four seasons, with the upcoming season being titled America Express, following the changing of its production location into America.

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[edit]

Africa[edit]

Moroccan seasons[edit]

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[edit]

Colombian seasons[edit]

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[edit]

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

USA Latin season[edit]

Aventura Express Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
Postponed by COVID-19 TBD Hai Duong to Bangkok Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand

Europe[edit]

Belgium/Netherlands/Flemish seasons[edit]

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 Hạ Long to Angkor Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia

Denmark/Sweden/Norway seasons[edit]

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

German seasons[edit]

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[edit]

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 & Aurélie lake Atitlan to Bogotá Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia
2020
All-Stars
Retour sur la Route Mythique Julie & Denis (saison 9) Moscow to Beijing Russia, China
2021
Sur les pistes de la Terre Rouge (episodes 1-3)

La route des 3 continents (episodes 4-10)

Christophe & Claire 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)

2022
Sur les terres de l'Aigle Royal Lucas & Nicolas Son-Kul to Dubai Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Jordan, United Arab Emirates

Hungarian seasons[edit]

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 Hải Dương 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

2022

TBD TBD TBD TBA to TBA

Jordan, Turkey, Georgia Uzbekistan

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 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 Philippines, 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 Kovač & Dayane Mello (Le Top) Asia Ko Phra Thong to Seoul Thailand, China, South Korea
2022 La rotta dei Sultani Costantino della Gherardesca & Enzo Miccio Victoria Cabello & Paride Vitale (I Pazzeschi) Natasha Stefanenko & Sasha Sabbioni (Mamma e Figlia) Gianluca "Fru" Colucci & Aurora Leone (Gli Sciacalli) Asia Uçhisar to Dubai Turkey, Uzbekistan, Jordan, United Arab Emirates

Polish seasons[edit]

In this version, there are only celebrity couples.

Azja Express Season Winning couple Route Visited countries
2016 Michał Żurawski & Ludwik Borkowski Hai Duong to Bangkok Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand
2017 Antoni Pawlicki & Paweł Ławrynowicz Sigiriya to Mumbai Sri Lanka, India
Ameryka Express 2018 Aleksandra Domańska & Dawid Domański San Antonio de Ibarra to Cusco Ecuador, Peru
2020 Karolina Pisarek & Marta Gajewska-Komorowska Antigua to Cartagena Guatemala, Colombia

Spanish seasons[edit]

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[edit]

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 Ştefănescu Daniela Crudu & Vica Blochina Asia Hạ Long to Bangkok Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand
2019 Drumul Elefantului Gina Pistol, Liviu Vârciu and Andrei Ștefănescu Eduard Mihail Andreianu & Ionuț Dongo Ana Claudia Grigore & Adrian Robert Andra Gheorghe & Bogdan Boantă Negombo to Mumbai Sri Lanka, India
2020 Drumul Comorilor Gina Pistol, Ionuț Dongo and Marius Damian Sorin Bontea & Răzvan Fodor Ștefan Sprianu & Ștefania Codreanu Ada Alexandra Moldovan & Cătălin Rizea Lucena to Taipei Philippines, Taiwan
2021 Drumul Împăraților Irina Fodor, Ionuț Dongo and Marius Damian Mihai Petre & Elwira Duda Emanuel Popescu & Adrian Popescu Lidia Buble & Estera Buble Edirne to Jerusalem Turkey, Georgia, Jordan, Israel
America Express 2022 Drumul Aurului TBA TBA TBA America TBA to Bogotá Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia

International versions[edit]

Name Country Host Route 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: MoscowBeijing
2005: PekingMumbai
2006: Rach GiaLhasa
2006: GangotriKochi
2007: Rio de JaneiroLima
2008: Mexico CityCaracas
2012: SeoulManila
2017: Hạ LongAngkor
NET 5
VT4 (2004-2008)
Q2 (2017)
Official website Netherlands
Official website Belgium
Peking Express
Star Race
Germany Germany Patrice Bouédibéla
Roberta Brandao
2005: MoscowBeijing
2012: BolinaoManila
RTL
Pékin Express France France Stéphane Rotenberg 2006: ParisPskovBeijing
2007: BeijingMumbai
2008: Rio de JaneiroLima
2009: Ha Long BayBali
2010: Nueva LojaUshuaia
2010: GangotriPondicherry
2011: CairoCape Town
2012: SeoulSydney
2013: HabanaMiami
2014: LashioColombo
2018: KuchingTokyo
2019: lake AtitlanBogotá
2020: MoscowBeijing
2021: EntebbeIstanbul
2022: Son-KulDubai
2022: TrincomaleeColombo
2023: ??
M6 Official website
Peking Express Denmark Denmark
Sweden Sweden
Norway Norway
2007: MoscowBeijing 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: MadridPskovBeijing
2009: BeijingMumbai
2010: HanoiBali
2011: Rift ValleyCape Town
2015: MandalaySingapore
2016: AnuradhapuraMumbai
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
2012: WoriManado
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: WoriManado RTL Official website
Pechino Express Italy Italy Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia (2012)
Costantino della Gherardesca (2013–)
2012: HaridwarBeijing
2013: HanoiBangkok
2014: MandalayBali
2015: QuitoRio de Janeiro
2016: BogotáMexico City
2017: PagbilaoTokyo
2018: TangierCape Town
2020: Ko Phra ThongSeoul
2022: Uçhisar - Dubai
Rai 2 (2012–2020)
Sky Uno (2022–)
Official website
Asia Express Colombia Colombia Ivan Lalinde 2016: HanoiBangkok
2021: TBA
Caracol Televisión Official website
Abandonados Asia Mexico Mexico Paola Nuñez 2016: HanoiBangkok Azteca 7 Official website
Azja Express (1-2)
Ameryka Express (3-4)
Poland Poland Agnieszka Woźniak-Starak (2016-2018)
Daria Ładocha (2020-)
2016: HanoiBangkok
2017: SigiriyaMumbai
2018: San Antonio de IbarraCusco
2020: AntiguaCartagena
TVN Official website
Ázsia Expressz Hungary Hungary Nóra Ördög 2017: Hải DươngBangkok
2019: NegomboChiang Mai
TBD: LucenaTaipei
TV2 Official website
Asia Express (1-4)
America Express (5-)
Romania Romania Gina Pistol (2018-2020)
Marius Damian (2018, 2020-)
Liviu Vârciu (2019)
Andrei Ștefănescu (2019)
Ionuț Dongo (2020-)
Irina Fodor (2021-)
2018: Hạ LongBangkok
2019: NegomboMumbai
2020: LucenaTaipei
2021: EdirneJerusalem
2022: TBA – Bogotá
Antena 1 Official website
Asijský Expres Czech Republic Czech Republic TBD 2022: Hạ LongBangkok TV Nova
Asia Express Greece Greece TBD 2022: Ha LongBangkok Star

References[edit]

  1. ^ Antena 3 arrebata a Cuatro el reality 'Pekín express'
  2. ^ "Pechino Express".

External links[edit]