The Amazing Race: China Rush

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The Amazing Race: China Rush
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Also known as 极速前进:冲刺!中国
Created by Elise Doganieri
Bertram van Munster
Directed by Chad Grochowski
Presented by Allan Wu 吴振天 (previously known as 吴振宇)
Theme music composer John M. Keane
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Chinese
No. of seasons 3 (1, 2, 3)
Executive producer(s) Xia Jing
Producer(s) Yi YangTian, Diao ShuWen, Julliet Pan

Julliet Pan

Yi YangTian
Running time 60-90 minutes
Production company(s) Fly Films (2010)
She&Jul Films (2011)
BoxTop Studios (2012)
Original network International Channel Shanghai (English)
DragonTV (Chinese; since season 2)
Original release August 8, 2010 – November 11, 2012
Related shows See The Amazing Race -> International Versions
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The Amazing Race: China Rush (Chinese: 极速前进:冲刺!中国; pinyin: Jísù Qiánjìn: Chōngcì! Zhōngguó) is a reality game show based on the American series, The Amazing Race.

On March, 2010, a Chinese version of the show was announced by the Disney-ABC International Television Asia Pacific. The show was produced by Shanghai-based international production company Fly Films;[1] the company had previously produced Shanghai Rush in 2009, a showed heavily influenced by The Amazing Race. The first series was filmed in March/April 2010 and broadcast in August 2010 by International Channel Shanghai.[2] The host for the show is Singapore based Chinese-American actor Allan Wu,[3] who was also the host of The Amazing Race Asia.

For the second season, it was announced that DragonTV would broadcast the Chinese-language version of the show.

The Race[edit]

The Amazing Race: China Rush is a reality television competition between teams of two in a race around China. The race usually starts in Shanghai and is divided into a number of legs wherein teams travel and complete various tasks to obtain clues to help them progress to a Pit Stop where they are given a chance to rest and recover before starting the next leg. The first team to arrive at a Pit Stop is often awarded a prize, while the last team is normally eliminated from the race (except in non-elimination legs, where the last team to arrive may be penalized in the following leg). The final leg of each race is run by the last three remaining teams, and the first to arrive at the final destination wins a trip around the world.


Each of teams are composed of two individuals who have some type of relationship to each other.

The participants speak both Chinese and English. The contestants chosen to appear are from various countries and not solely from China, however these contestants must be living in China for a period of time in order to apply.

Route Markers[edit]


Route Markers are yellow and red flags that mark the places where teams must go. Most Route Markers are attached to the boxes that contain clue envelopes, but some may mark the place where the teams must go in order to complete tasks, or may be used to line a course that the teams must follow.


Clues are found throughout the race in sealed envelopes, normally inside clue boxes. They give teams the information they need and tasks they need to do in order for them to progress through the race; Clues are written in both Chinese and English.

  • Route Info: A general clue that may include a task to be completed by the team before they can receive their next clue.
  • Detour (繞道): A choice of two tasks. Teams are free to choose either task or swap tasks if they find one option too difficult.
  • Roadblock (路障): A task only one team member can complete. Teams must choose which member will complete the task based on a brief clue about the task before fully revealing the details of the task.
  • Fast Forward: Introduced in Season 3. A task that if completed allows a team to skip all remaining tasks in the leg and go directly to the Pit Stop. A team may only use the Fast Forward once during the race.


Teams may encounter the follow obstructions that could potentially slow them down:

  • U-Turn (迴轉): A station located after a Detour where a team can force another trailing team to return and complete the other option of the Detour they did not select. Season 2 introduced the Double U-Turn which allows two teams to exercise their U-Turn power.
  • Yield (讓路): A station where a team can force another trailing team to wait a pre-determined amount of time before continuing the race. In the first two seasons, the teams had to wait until a spiral of incense finished burning, which took 15 minutes. Starting with Season 3, a hourglass filled with sand was used, which took 20 minutes.
  • Intersection (聯合) – Introduced in season 2: A sign indicating that two teams must complete further tasks together until a clue indicates that they have been unintersected.


At the beginning of each leg, teams receive an allowance of cash, usually in U.S. dollars, to cover expenses during the race (except for the purchase of airline tickets, which are paid-for by credit cards provided by the race).

Teams then have to follow clues and Route Markers that will lead them to the various destinations and tasks they will face. Modes of travel between these destinations include commercial and chartered airplanes, boats, trains, taxis, buses, and rented vehicles provided by the show, or the teams may simply travel by foot. Each leg ends with a twelve-hour Pit Stop (提示) where teams are able to rest and where teams that arrive last are progressively eliminated from the race until only three remain. The first teams to arrive at the Pit Stop win prizes, usually from the show's sponsors.

Non-elimination legs[edit]

Each race has a number of predetermined non-elimination legs, in which the last team to arrive at the Pit Stop is not eliminated and is allowed to continue on the race.

  • Speed Bump (減速障礙): A task that only the team saved from elimination on the previous leg must complete before continuing on.

Virtual Pit Stops[edit]

Introduced in the second season, a virtual pit stop is counted as an actual pit stop where teams do not rest, beginning the next leg immediately without receiving the usual money or prizes (hence, virtual).

Rules and penalties[edit]

Most of the rules and penalties are adopted directly from the American edition; but in some of cases, this version has been seen to have a unique set of additional rules.


  • Unlike the American, Australian, and Asian versions there seems to be no rule prohibiting hitchhiking. As teams in the Second season rode in private vehicles on a few occasions with no penalty.


  • If team member helps their partner with a Road Block they will be assessed a 30-minute penalty at the Pit Stop before being allowed to check in.
  • Failing to complete a challenge will result in a 2-hour penalty (4 hours in season 1) that must be served before teams can receive their next clue.
  • Teams failing to place their backpacks in the designated area at a challenge will be assessed a 30-minute penalty at the Pit Stop before being allowed to check in.


The show first aired in 2010 with the first-season premiere airing in August 8, 2010 and ending in October 30, 2010.

Season Broadcast Winners Teams Host
Premiere Date Finale Date
1 August 8, 2010 (2010-08-08) October 30, 2010 (2010-10-30) AustraliaUnited States Charlie Gale & Rachel Chen 10 Allan Wu
2 August 7, 2011 (2011-08-07) October 23, 2011 (2011-10-23) United StatesGermany Lily Li & Jan Höpper 11
3 August 26, 2012 (2012-08-26) November 11, 2012 (2012-11-11) ChinaLiu Weiwei & Lei Sheng


Country Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
 Australia Winner 1 / 2nd 2 4th 1 5th 1
 Canada 4th 1 11th 1 11th 1
 China (Host) 2nd 1 / 3rd 3 / 5th / 8th / 10th Winner / 2nd 2 / 4th / 8th / 9th / 11th 1
 England 5th 1
 Germany Winner 1
 Ghana 11th 1
 India 3rd
 Kenya 10th
 Latvia 8th
 Malaysia 6th
 Mexico 9th
 New Zealand 4th 1
 Scotland 10th 1
 Sweden 5th 1
 Ukraine 6th 1
 United Kingdom 6th 1
 United States Winner 1 / 4th 1 / 5th 1 / 6th / 7th Winner 1 / 2nd 1 2 / 7th 3rd / 7th / 10th 1
     indicates the winning country.
     indicates the runner-up country.
     indicates the third-place country.
     indicates the country did not participate.

^1 Sarah & Molly, Karen & Lisa, Charlie & Rachel, Paul & Nash, Elena & Tameka, Matt & Kylie, Simon & Katherine, Lily & Jan, Jia Jia & Rob, Nick & Brandon and Janelle & Karin are the only teams are representing 2 different countries.
^2 Australia, China and United States each was the winner and the runner-up in a different season.
^3 The both runner-up teams in season 2 was from China.

place Country Winner Runner-up Third-place Total
1st  United States 2 1 1 4
2nd  China (Host) 1 2 1 4
3rd  Australia 1 1 0 2
4th  Germany 1 0 0 1
5th  India 0 0 1 1
6th  Canada 0 0 0 0
 England 0 0 0 0
 Ghana 0 0 0 0
 Kenya 0 0 0 0
 Latvia 0 0 0 0
 Malaysia 0 0 0 0
 Mexico 0 0 0 0
 New Zealand 0 0 0 0
 Scotland 0 0 0 0
 Sweden 0 0 0 0
 Ukraine 0 0 0 0
 United Kingdom 0 0 0 0
Total 5 4 3 12


  1. ^ "FlyFilms". Archived from the original on September 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Amazing Race Heads into China". Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Let the race begin! 'Amazing Race: China Rush' airs this weekend". CNN Go. 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 

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