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Peking Express International
« on: September 16, 2019, 06:26:01 AM »
I have decided to create this post to share all the news about the diffetent versions of the great european format of Peking Express instead of having several post.

In 2019 we have had:

- 3rd Polish season: Ameryka Express, from Quito to Cusco (Ecuador - Peru), 13 steps aired weekly.
- 2nd Romanian season: Asia Express Drumul Elefanteri, from Negombo to Mumbai (Sri Lanka - India), 10 steps airing 3 episodes per week.
- French online special edition: Pékin Express French Tour,  from Paris to Marseille, 5 steps available in different streaming platforms.

Now there are two seasons airing:

- 12th French season: Pékin Express la Route des 50 Volcans, from the lake Atitlan to Bogota (Guatemala - Costa Rica - Colombia), 10 steps currently airing weekly. The finale is this Thursday.
- 2nd Hungarian season: Ázsia Expressz 2, from Negombo to Chiang Mai (Sri Lanka - India - Thailand), 6 steps currently airing daily from Monday to Friday, one step per week. This season was planned to finish in Mumbai, as the Romanian (and previoulsy the 2nd Polish and 6th Spanish), but after a problem with Sri Lankan locals they only aired the 1st step and ignored the rest of the material they filmed between Kandy and Colombo, so they had to add some steps in Thailand to complete the scheduled season.

Next anounced seasons:

- 13th French season: it will be a Pékin Express All-Stars with former contestants (subtitle TBA) from Moscow to Beijing (Russia - China), a route similar to the original one. It has already filmed the russian steps and in the next weeks they will travel to China. It will be aired in early 2020.
- 14th French season: it will be a normal Pékin Express with unknown contestants. The route has not been announced yet. It will be filmed from February to March, as they did with the 11th and 12th seasons, and will be aired next Summer.
- 4th Polish season: it will be again an Ameryka Express (first two season were Azja Express). It is filming now the route from Antigua to Cartagena de Indias (Guatemala - Colombia). The guatemalan steps finished this weekend and this week will film in Colombia. It will be aired next Spring.
- 8th Italian season: after a year of absence, Pechino Express will return next February after the San Remo festival ends. The route will take place from Thailand to Seoul (Thailand - China - South Korea) and will start filming the last week of October.
- 3rd Romanian season: there is no information about this season appart its confirmation. If they follow the same schedule that with the first 2 seasons, they should film from October to December to air in Spring. There is no information or rumour about the route they may follow.


Also, the official FB page of Asia Express (Colombia) posted in May that they were back for a second season after 3 years, but there has not been more information.
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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2019, 07:09:16 AM »
Romania is going to start filming its 3rd season between 15-19th October. The route is expected to be from Philippines to Japan, going through Taiwan, like the 6th Italian route.


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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2019, 09:53:19 PM »
Romania is going to start filming its 3rd season between 15-19th October. The route is expected to be from Philippines to Japan, going through Taiwan, like the 6th Italian route.
Oh! That's fun! Hope there will be a way to watch it. I always enjoy seeing shows visit the Philippines.

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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2019, 11:44:07 AM »
Finally, Romania's 3rd edition will visit only Philippines and Taiwan, so the finish line will probably be Taipei City.

The season will be subtitled The Route of the Treasure (Drumul Comorilor in Romanian).

It was also announced that during the filming there will be updates with a journal about the route and the filming itself

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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2019, 11:51:36 AM »
Thanks so much for this update! I never knew there were so many!!  :-[

If there is filming info available please start a LIVE Sightings thread for the Romanian one?
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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2019, 10:31:01 AM »
Thanks for posting this information! We usually miss sightings for the various Pekin Express versions because we don't know they are filming and aren't looking for them. This will help a lot. Time to go look for the Romanian 3rd season!

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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2019, 06:16:14 AM »
Here are some updates from the previous weeks.

- French Pékin Express All Stars has finished its filming. After they filmed the Russian steps back in August, in October they filmed in China. They visited Zhangjiakou, Tengger dessert, the Great Wall, Shilinxia and the finish line was in Beijing.

The contestants of this season are Fabrice (S12) & Ingrid (S7), Thomas and Mathieu (S12), Maurice and Thierry (S11), Maxime and Alizée (S11), Julie and Denis (S9), Céclilia and Mathieu (S5) and Pauline and Aurélie (S3).

It is spected to be aired the first trimester of 2020.

- Romanian Asia Express 3 is currently filming its third season in Philippines. They started in Pagbilao and are traveling across Luzon island visiting Lucena, Lucban, San Pablo, Mabini, Villa Escudero, Batangas, Pulilan, Taal lake, Tagaytay, Manila, Zambales, Alaminos and Baguio. Their next destinations include San Fernando and Vigan.

The contestants are celebrities with an unknown partner. The pairs are the chef Sorin Bontea & Răzvan Fodor, Speak and his girlfriend Ștefania, Nico and her daughter Alexandra, Adda and her husband Cătălin, Florin Ristei and his brother Dan, Maria Buză and Lia Bugnar, influencers Alina Ceușan and Carmen Grebenișan, Alex Abagiu and his best friend  Radu, Alex Velea and Mario Fresh.

- Italian Pechino Express 8 is filming its eight celebrity edition. The route began in Phuket and continued to Bangkok through Kra isthmus. Now they are filming in the Chinese province of Yunnan, in cities as Kunming and Dali.

The contestants of this edition are Max Giusti & Marco Mazzocchi, Marco Marchisio & Ludovica Marchisio, Asia Argento & Vera Gemma, Enzo Miccio & Carolina Giannuzzi, Nicole Rossi & Jennifer Poni, Valerio Salvatori & Fabrizio Salvatori,  Ema Kovac & Dayane Mello, Soleil Sorge & Wendy Kay, Annandrea Vitrano & Claudio Casisa, Gennaro Lillio & Luciano Punzo.

It will be aired after San Remo Song Festival ends in February 2020.

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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2019, 07:13:07 AM »
 :hfive:


Wow!! Thank you!
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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2020, 06:41:43 AM »
Romanian 3rd edition will premiere on Saturday February 15 and will broadcast also at Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for its first week. The second week and on will air on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Italian 8th season will premiere on Tuesday February 11

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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2020, 08:20:42 PM »
Definitely looking forward to the Romanian Asia Express! Love seeing the Philippines visited by other countries.


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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2020, 05:48:58 PM »
The French Pekin Express All stars premiere will be aired on February 25th.

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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2020, 08:09:40 PM »
Question! Are the episodes for Romania's Asia Express really 3 hours long each?! Whew! I'll definitely have to set aside some time to watch the eps! Hehe.

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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2020, 04:47:00 AM »
The French Pekin Express All star will have 6 legs. 3 legs on russia (1st Moscow-Pletcheievo Lake-Volga, 2nd Golden Ring-Mourom and the 3rd Tatarstan-Kazan) and 3 legs on Mongolia and China. There will be an elimination at each leg.

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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2020, 03:41:40 PM »
I am originally from one of the countries that have their version of the show, and started watching its first season on YouTube. Liking it so far.

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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2020, 03:25:46 AM »
Romanian season is intense to watch, each show is 3 hours long, and there are 3 episode per week.

Italian show is easear, but it also takes more than 2 hours. At least theres only one episode weekle.

French episodes are shorter. But there is an aftershow, where a couple of former contestants visit the locations of the route, so at the end, it takes also 2 hours to watch the complete route.


Also, I have had access to the information that the 14th season of the French version with unknown contestants will travel to the first location of the route next week. I will try to keep you updated at least with the countries they will visit.

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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2020, 05:29:35 AM »
Romanian season is intense to watch, each show is 3 hours long, and there are 3 episode per week.

Italian show is easear, but it also takes more than 2 hours. At least theres only one episode weekle.

French episodes are shorter. But there is an aftershow, where a couple of former contestants visit the locations of the route, so at the end, it takes also 2 hours to watch the complete route.


Also, I have had access to the information that the 14th season of the French version with unknown contestants will travel to the first location of the route next week. I will try to keep you updated at least with the countries they will visit.

Dubai, Uganda and Ethiopia http://www.leparisien.fr/culture-loisirs/tv/le-prochain-pekin-express-passera-par-l-ouganda-l-ethiopie-et-dubai-10-03-2020-8276832.php

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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2020, 05:56:06 AM »
To specify on my first post, it's the Hungarian version. The full first season is available on YouTube and I've been watching that. I know there's been a second season though, but I can't find that in full anywhere. Any help?

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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2020, 08:52:37 AM »
Thanks guys for keeping us updated!
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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2020, 05:30:48 PM »
French 14th season has suspended the filming due to the global pandemia. They have recorded all the steps in Uganda. The suspension happened just after they arrived in Ethiopia, where they were supposed to start filming in Gondar, but as they arrived there they had to go back to Europe, as the EU was about to close the outter border.

I hope they will go back to Ethiopia after all this madness finishes.


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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2020, 06:33:34 PM »
Oh thank you for the update sazit!!

I have spent time in Gondar...it is  beautiful place. The most amazing "Grand Canyon" type place nearby!Please let me know when/if this airs one day...I would SO love to see this leg!!
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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2020, 11:47:09 AM »
The Hungarian channel TV2 has also postponed the filming of the 3rd season of its version called Ázsia Expressz due to the pandemia.

It is unknown the situation of the 2nd Colombian season, as nothing has been reported since the news of the plans to film again in Vietnam.

As I have to stay at home because my country declared last weekend the state of alarm I have had time to search for updates in the different local media. Stay safe guys.

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« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2020, 10:39:56 PM »
You too sazit!
Thanks for the updates!
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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2020, 04:13:26 PM »
Is it in english?
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« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2020, 09:46:58 AM »
Sadly there isn't an English speaking country version, so all of the season aired are in the different national languages, but none of them in English.

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« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2020, 05:11:55 AM »
After 8 seasons in the Italian public broadcaster RaiDue, Pechino Express leaves the channel and the next seasons will be produced by Sky Italia under a new name, Pekin Express, similar to the one used in France and Spain.

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« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2020, 09:25:53 AM »
Thanks Sazit! Keep us posted and if you ever see links to watch please MESSAGE me.
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« Reply #27 on: August 11, 2020, 01:58:21 PM »
Where does this stand now? With Covid?
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« Reply #28 on: September 04, 2020, 11:18:37 AM »
Hi, unfortunately I have not any link, as I usually try to watch each episode as they are airing using VPN, but there are some episodes available on YouTube. I think they are mainly the French (Pékin Express) and the Dutch/Flemish (Peking Express).


About the current situation of the format in most cases I guess it stays on hold until all this coronamadness at least gets a bit better, but I have some fresh news coming from France. There have been reports in French newspapers saying that their version will resume the filming before 2020 ends, but they will change their original planned route, so they will not visit neither Ethiopia nor Dubai. It is expected they will maintain the 3 episodes filmed in Uganda just before the global craziness of March, and the rest of the season will be filmed in other countries.

It has not been announced which these countries will be, but well, I think we can forget about the Americas and Asia due to the cases amount and quarantines or entrance prohibition for foreigners and Africa and Middle East as they are changing the route. So, will we see the first European route in the history of the format? Maybe through the formet Soviet countries in the East of the continent?

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« Reply #29 on: September 05, 2020, 07:22:57 AM »
According to a Greek government's report three episodes will be filmed in the Mediterranean country. Some of the cities that will be visited are Ilia, Tribaka, Meteora and Athens, where the second episode will finish and the third one will start.

The filming is scheduled to take place this month.

As they were able to film 3 episodes in Uganda in March and they will film these 3 in Greece, there are 4 episodes more to be filmed in another European country, as the last seasons had 10 steps.

For the moment, in Europe only Hungary has closed again its borders to the rest of the continent, so where will they end the new adapted route? Maybe in Istambul? I will try to discover it in the upcoming days.

I add the Greek document:
https://diavgeia.gov.gr/doc/%CE%A9%CE%94994653%CE%A04-%CE%99%CE%995
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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #30 on: September 24, 2020, 10:45:56 AM »
Different posts in instagram stories have showed that the filming of Pékin Express 14 is taking place this week in Turkey, visiting places as Antayla, Pamukkele and Cappadocia. It is expected to finish the production in Istambul.

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Re: Peking Express International
« Reply #31 on: October 13, 2020, 07:12:53 AM »
An update about the next season of pekin express in France. A team got a car accident with another car during the filming in Turkey around 2 weeks ago. The driver of the other car is died and the teams member are injured and forfeit for the race. https://www.ouest-france.fr/medias/television/pekin-express-un-grave-accident-de-la-route-fait-un-mort-et-plusieurs-blesses-le-tournage-interrompu-6996767

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« Reply #32 on: October 13, 2020, 08:09:45 AM »
An update about the next season of pekin express in France. A team got a car accident with another car during the filming in Turkey around 2 weeks ago. The driver of the other car is died and the teams member are injured and forfeit for the race. https://www.ouest-france.fr/medias/television/pekin-express-un-grave-accident-de-la-route-fait-un-mort-et-plusieurs-blesses-le-tournage-interrompu-6996767

So very sorry to hear this. Thanks for letting us know.
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