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The Amazing Race: China Rush
(season 1)
Season run August 8 – October 30, 2010[1]
Filming dates April 28 – June 3, 2010
No. of episodes 12
Presenter Allan Wu
Winning team Charlie Gale & Rachel Chen
Season statistics
Continents visited 1
Countries visited 1
States visited 8
Cities visited 8
No. of legs 12
Season chronology
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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 Chinese reality television game show based on the American series, The Amazing Race. The first season of the show features 10 teams of two, each with a pre-existing relationship, in a race across 11 cities in China to win a world tour provided by Travelzen,[2][3] it is the third Asian version of the franchise, after The Amazing Race Asia and HaMerotz LaMillion. The host of the show is Allan Wu, who also hosted the Asian version as well.[3][4]

The Chinese TV network International Channel Shanghai acquired the rights to produce a version for its territories, the show was produced by Shanghai-based production company Fly Films.[5] International Channel Shanghai had previously attempted to make their own version of the show entitled Shanghai Rush.

The Amazing Race: China Rush premiered on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (UTC+8). Australian and American "flirtatious friends" Charlie Gale & Rachel Chen were the winners of the race.



Applications for the first season ended April 16, 2010 (extended from the original deadline on March 29, 2010), the 10 teams call composed of expats living in China[3][4] were announced in a press release on April 27, 2010. Filming took place between April 28 and June 3, 2010.[6]

Karen is currently the first ever Canadian to be on any of the Amazing Race seasons representing Canada (Canadian citizens Tisha Silang, Natalie Glebova and Vince Chung from The Amazing Race Asia 3 were representing Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong respectively). Rick, Joshua and Charlie are the first Australians to represent their country (similarly, Australian citizens Henry & Bernie of The Amazing Race Asia 3 represented Malaysia), Paul and Francis are the first team from an African country (Kenya), and Janis, Aleksandra (Latvia) and Sarah (England) are the first Europeans to represent their home countries (British citizens Andy Lawson, Laura Kluk, Francesca von Etzdorf and Howard Bicknell from The Amazing Race Asia 1 represented Thailand, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka respectively and Frenchwoman Aurelia Chenat of The Amazing Race Asia 2 represented Hong Kong).

Janis Vaisla died on January 9, 2016, after being diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis and while waiting for a heart transplant in Berlin, at the age of 46.[7]

Development and filming[edit]

In this version, instead of flipping an hourglass, teams that have been forced to Yield must wait until a spiral of incense has finished burning, which takes 15 minutes, this is the first race from any franchise to have three non-elimination legs in a row, as the American and Asian editions have never had more than two in a row, and it was also the first international version not to offer any Fast Forward clues (The 14th American edition had an unaired Fast Forward was the first season to do so; and 18th American edition was the first American season overall not to offer any Fast Forward clue).


Episode 2 which scheduled to air on August 15, 2010 was delayed to subsequent week due to National Mourning Day in China for Gansu mudslide victims.[8]


The Amazing Race: China Rush has eight official sponsors, they are CIIC, Double Tree, Hamilton, Hilton, New Balance, Organic Food, Travelzen and Shanghai International Automobile City.[9]


The following teams participated in the Race, with their relationships at the time of filming. Note this table does not necessarily reflect all content broadcast on television due to inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order.

Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
AustraliaUnited States Charlie & Rachel Flirtatious Friends 1st 3rd1 2nd 1st 4th 1st 2nd 1st 5th 4th 1st 1st Charlie 6, Rachel 6
Australia Rick & Josh Best Mates 3rd 1st 1st 3rd 1st 5th 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd Rick 6, Josh 6
India Deepak & Naresh Cricket Fanatics 9th 5th2 5th 4th 6th 3rd 4th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 3rd Deepak 6, Naresh 6
United StatesCanada Lisa & Karen Momshells 5th 8th 8th 5th> 5th 4th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 4th Lisa 5, Karen 6
EnglandUnited States Sarah & Molly Ultra-Marathoners 4th 4th 4th 6th 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 5th3 Sarah 53, Molly 5
United States Sean & Amy Newly Dating 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 6th Sean 3, Amy 3
United States Bonnie & Mel Expat Wives 7th 6th 6th 7th 7th Bonnie 2, Mel 3
Latvia Janis & Aleksandra Reality TV Veterans 6th 7th 7th 8th< Janis 2, Aleksandra 2
Mexico Miguel & Hector Amigos 8th 9th 9th Miguel 2, Hector 1
Kenya Paul & Francis Maasai Warriors 10th 10th Paul 1, Francis 1
  • A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
  • An underlined blue team placement indicates that the team came in last on a non-elimination leg and had to perform a Speed Bump task in the following leg.
  • A yellow > indicates that the team chose to use the Yield; < indicates the team who received it.
  • A brown ⊃ indicates means the team chose to use a U-Turn; indicates the team who received it.
  1. ^ Charlie & Rachel initially arrived 2nd, but were issued a 30-minute penalty as Charlie helped Rachel in the Roadblock. Sean & Amy checked in during the penalty time, dropping Charlie & Rachel to 3rd.
  2. ^ Deepak & Naresh initially arrived 4th, but were issued a 15-minute penalty for taking a golf cart instead of walking to the pitstop. Sarah & Molly checked in during the penalty time, dropping Deepak & Naresh to 5th.
  3. ^ Sarah failed to complete the Roadblock in Leg 10. After Sarah's second attempt and after all other teams had already checked in at the Pit Stop, Allan came out to the Roadblock location to inform them of their elimination.


The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg. All trips are sponsored by TravelZen.

  • Leg 1 – A Three-day Two-night trip for two to Hangzhou.
  • Leg 2 – A Three-day Two-night trip for two to Xiamen.
  • Leg 3 – A Three-day Two-night trip for two to Hong Kong.
  • Leg 4 – A Three-day Two-night trip for two to Xi'an.
  • Leg 5 – A Three-day Two-night trip for two to Inner Mongolia.
  • Leg 6 – A Six-day Five-night trip for two to Mount Huang, Mount Lu and Mount Hua.
  • Leg 7 – A Three-day Two-night trip for two to Macau.
  • Leg 8 – A Three-day Two-night trip for two to Lhasa.
  • Leg 9 – A Six-day Five-night trip for two to Taiwan.
  • Leg 10 – A Six-day Five-night trip for two to Yunnan.
  • Leg 11 - Round-Trip tickets to 10 destinations.
  • Leg 12 - World Trip

Race summary[edit]

Destinations Legenda lotnisko.svg Air travel   Legenda kolej.svg Rail travel   Legenda prom.svg Water travel   Bus-logo.svg Bus travel
Route Markers Detour icon.svg Detour   Roadblock icon.svg Roadblock   Yield icon.svg Yield   U-Turn icon.svg U-Turn   Speed Bump icon.svg Speed Bump   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop
Route Map.

Leg 1 (Shanghai → Zhejiang)[edit]

Tianyi Chamber was visited on the first leg of The Amazing Race: China Rush.

In the first Roadblock of the race, one team member had to eat a turtle, leaving nothing but the shell. When they were done, they would receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • Once in the Shanghai South Railway Station, teams had to find a lady with an orange umbrella for tickets to their next destination.
  • In Lao Wai Tan, teams picked departure times for next day.
  • In the Strawberry Farm, teams had to pick 5 kilograms (11 lb) of strawberries to receive their next clue.
  • In the Dongqian Lake, teams had to play a game of paintball and pick up all 10 same colored flag to receive their next clue.
  • In the Ningbo Scenic Waterfront, teams had to complete a 100 pieces puzzle to receive their next clue.

Leg 2 (Zhejiang → Jiangsu)[edit]

Teams ended the second leg of the race at Lingshan "Five-signets" Palace, at Wuxi, Jiangsu.
  • Bus: Ningbo (Ningbo Bus Station) to Wuxi, Jiangsu (Wuxi Bus Station)
  • Wuxi (Nanchan Temple)
  • Wuxi (Dama Tofu Shop) Speed Bump: "Make tea cup Roadblock: "Who is the better match maker?"
  • Wuxi (3 Kingdoms Movie Studio) Detour: Warriors Strength or Warriors Skill
  • Wuxi (Turtle Head Park)
  • Wuxi (Lingshan Buddha)
  • Wuxi (Lingshan "Five-signets" Palace) Pit Stop: Leg 2

For this Roadblock, one team member had to match one brick with 1000 different bricks, for the one which they chose. Once the team member identified the brick, they would receive their next clue.

The first Detour of the race was a choice between Warriors Strength and Warriors Skill; in Warriors Strength, that team must take a boat to an island and perform a ladder climb and rappelling from other side to receive their next clue. In Warriors Skill, that team must hit a bulleye using spears and arrows from the distance of 10m to receive their clue.

For this leg's Speed Bump, Paul & Francis had to each make a clay tea cup in order to continue on the race.

Additional tasks
  • At Nanchan Temple, teams were instructed to take a boat down the river and find a building which has 3 green colored lanterns on it.
  • In Turtle Head Park, teams searched the garden for the clue box.
  • In Lingshan Temple, teams had to search for the smaller version of Buddha where their next clue awaits.
  • In Lingshan Temple, teams climbed 88m (217 steps), where they had to count all the flower pots decorating the monument. Once they had the correct answer (1509), the monk would give them their next clue.

Leg 3 (Jiangsu)[edit]

Teams traveled to the city of Changzhou for this leg of the race.

In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Rock and Roll; in Rock, teams took a boat across a lake and climbed to the top of the climbing wall to receive their next clue. In Roll, teams located a bicycle cart with a skateboard. One team member then had to take control of the bicycle and cycle around the park to the skating park while the other rode on the skateboard. Once at the skating park, they will receive their next clue.

For this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to navigate a boat through currents to the other side of the jetty, retrieve a flag and return the boat back in order to receive the next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Qingfeng Sports Park, teams found their next clue at the top of a staircase.
  • In Changzhou Comb Factory, teams had to search for one out of 9 combs which have Chinese characters "常州"(Changzhou). Afterwards, they proceeded to Miduqiao Primary School and combed and tied the hair of ten female students. When they were done, the teacher would hand the teams their next clue.
  • In Baguo Buyi Restaurant, teams played a game of baijiu (white wine) roulette. A rotating plate with a clue was spun. One plate had their next clue, If the racer received the wine, teams must finish it before they could play again, and play until they spun onto the next clue.

Leg 4 (Jiangsu)[edit]

Teams visited Runyang Bridge in this leg of the race.
  • Changzhou (Runyang Bridge)
  • Yangzhou (Ge Gardens) Detour: Blade or Brush
  • Yangzhou (Dongguan Street) Yield (Karen & Lisa Yielded Janis & Aleksandra
  • Yangzhou (Yangzhou Ren Jia International Hotel) Roadblock: "Who's ready to have some fan?"
  • Yangzhou (Yangzhou Railway Station - Platform 1) Pit Stop: Leg 4

In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Blade and Brush; in Blade, one team member had to cut out the shape of Haibao, the mascot of Expo 2010, while the other team member traced and cut out the background. In Brush, one team member had to correctly write out a specific Chinese character, while the other reproduced a painting of a bamboo grove.

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member must finish a 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb) serving of Yangzhou's famous fried rice, to receive their next clue.

Additional task
  • In Runyang Bridge, teams received their next clue at the top of the bridge.

Leg 5 (Jiangsu → Beijing)[edit]

Teams performed the Olympic-styled Detour at the Beijing National Stadium, known locally as the 'Bird's Nest'

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to learn how to properly carve Peking Roast Duck. Once the duck was carved to the head chef's satisfaction, they could receive their next clue.

The Olympics-themed Detour was a choice between Go for the Gold and Go for the Goal; in Go for the Gold, teams had to search amongst the thousands of seats in the stadium to find one of seven gold medals for the next clue. In Go for the Goal, one team member must execute a penalty shot with a soccer ball, while the other team member must rebound it into an unguarded goal using only their head.

Additional tasks
  • In 798 art district, teams had to search for a large sculpture of a red monster that would be holding the clue box.
  • At the Yan Club Arts Center, teams had to participate in a team building communication exercise. For this task, one team member would be provided a drawing, while the other team member was prevented from seeing the aforementioned drawing, that team member must recreate the drawing, using only verbal cues from the first team member provided. Once the drawing was perfectly recreated, they would receive their next clue.

Leg 6 (Beijing → Shandong)[edit]

Mount Tai was both the Detour and the Pit Stop for the Shandong Leg.
  • Railway: Beijing (Beijing Railway Station) to Tai'an, Shandong (Tai'an Railway Station)
  • Tai'an (Dai Temple)
  • Tai'an (Tianwaicun Square)
  • Tai'an (Dragon Reservoir Dam) Roadblock: "Who is the best dam climber?"
  • Tai'an (Fengshan Dadian)
  • Tai'an (Taishan Stone Shop)
  • Tai'an (Mount Tai) Detour: Trees or Keys
  • Tai'an (Peak of Mount Tai) Pit Stop: Leg 6

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to scale the dam and make their way to a nearby pavilion to receive the next clue.

The Detour was a choice between Trees or Keys; in Trees, teams must learn on how to plant a tree using a sapling provided. In Keys, teams had to use one of the keys to open a lock.

Additional tasks
  • In Dai Temple, teams had to search for the clue box in the compound of the temple.
  • At Fengshan Dadian, teams dressed up in traditional costume and had to travel by foot along a marked path to the stage area. Once there, they had to bow to the empress to receive their next clue.
  • At Taishan Stone Shop, teams had to search for a hidden stone tablet inscribed with the Chinese characters for "China Rush" in order to receive their next clue. Afterwards, teams were instructed to carry the tablet and travel to Mount Tai via shuttle bus and cable-car, at the summit, they could drop off the tablet in exchange for their next clue. If teams broke the tablet before they reach the submit, they must go back to the shop and collect the tablet again.

Leg 7 (Shandong)[edit]

The skyline of Zhanqiao Pier was the backdrop of the leg's Pit Stop.

During the Pit Stop, teams traveled by train from Tai'an to Qingdao to begin the leg; in this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to scuba dive down the water and search for seven red letters (A, B, A, L, O, N, E). Once done, that team member must spell out the word on paper to receive their next clue.

In this Detour, teams had to choose between Buried Metal or Carried Metal; in Buried Metal, teams had to search a compass in the sand using a metal detector to receive their next clue. In Carried Metal, teams had to make their way to the Qingdao Beer Street, once there, they had to transport 6 full kegs from one end of the street to the other, in order to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Polar Ocean World, teams had to prepare 20 kilograms (44 lb) of fish and then they had to feed a whale to receive their next clue. Afterwards, they had to retrieve their Roadblock information from the observation tunnel.
  • At Zhanqiao Pier, teams had to ride a motorboat to the Pit Stop.

Leg 8 (Shandong → Sichuan)[edit]

Teams completed the leg's Roadblock at the Du Fu's cottage.

In the Speed Bump, Karen & Lisa were required to both have their ears cleaned using traditional ear cleaning tools, which are, in essence, pieces of cotton on sticks of wire. Once they were done, they could proceed to the Detour.

In this Detour, teams must choose between Hot Pot or Tea Pot; in Hot Pot, teams travel to the Hot Pot Restaurant. Then, teams will have to eat a family-sized serving of meat, cocoa and lettuce, which has been dipped in Sichuan's famous fiery Hot Pot soup; in addition, they will have to eat a side serving of diced red peppers. Finally, they would have to find a Face-Changer to receive their next clue; in Tea Pot, teams will travel to a historic part of the area and then, with the assistance of two tea masters, they must use ancient tea pots to properly pour tea into 7 teacups per team member. The tea pots have long spouts and are fairly difficult to use.

In the Roadblock, one team member would have to search the entire 24 acres (97,000 m2) area of the Du Fu Cottage to find a scroll which could be traded for the next clue. For the task, the cottage is in complete darkness, and that team member could only use a single flashlight to rely on the direction.

Additional task
  • At the Sailing Center, teams needed to learn how to properly rig a sail onto a sailboat. If successful, the sailboat would take the team to a raft where they would receive their next clue.

Leg 9 (Sichuan)[edit]

One team member participated a panda-feeding Roadblock for this leg.

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member would have to wash 10 kilograms (22 lb) of bamboo leaves to clean it and then bring it all to the panda feeding area. If at any point the leaves drop to the ground along the way, the racer would have to start over.

In the Speed Bump, Deepak and Naresh had to learn and recite a song about Dujiangyan, before they could proceed to the Detour; in this Detour, teams had to choose between Face Detection or Face Detention. In Face Detection, teams would receive a partial picture of a child's face, they then had to find the child in the picture in one of the classrooms. They then had to take the child to the headmaster's office; in Face Detention, teams will receive a sentence written in Chinese and they must copy the sentence 50 times onto a blackboard without making any errors.

Additional task
  • After completing the Detour, teams had to ride a raft down a river to reach the Pit Stop.

Leg 10 (Sichuan → Yunnan)[edit]

Tengchong, Yunnan was visited during the leg of the race.
  • Flight: Chengdu (Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport) to Kunming, Yunnan (Kunming Wujiaba International Airport)
  • Bus: Kunming to Tengchong, Baoshan
  • Tengchong (Anti-Aggression War Memorial)
  • Tengchong (Beihai Wetlands) Roadblock: "Who wants to tee it up?"
  • Tengchong (Yunfeng Shan - Temple)
  • Tengchong (Tengchong Volcano Park)
  • Tengchong (Heshun Ancient Village) Speed Bump: "Plow a Field Detour: Fish or Float
  • Tengchong (Wenxing Lou) Pit Stop: Leg 10

In the Roadblock, one team member participated in Golf, they would pick up a club and some tennis balls and hit them towards the hole. If all of the tennis balls landed in the water, they had to retrieve them and try again, but if they could get at least one to land on the island with the hole, they would receive their next clue.

In the Speed Bump, Charlie & Rachel had to help a local farmer and use two water buffalo to plow a field and complete three laps, before they could proceed on to the Detour. The Detour was a choice between Fish and Float; in Fish, teams had to catch two fish in a rice paddy with their bare hands. in Float, teams will be given some bamboo and rope and must build a raft. They must then paddle it across Wild Duck Lake. If it does not sink, they will receive their next clue.

Additional task
  • At the Yunfeng Shan Temple, teams had to use a donkey to transport 20 kg of wood to another temple at the top of the mountain. If the donkeys got tired or refused to cooperate, teams could carry the wood on their backs instead.

Leg 11 (Yunnan → Guangdong)[edit]

One side of the Detour had teams herd red-crowned cranes.

In this Roadblock, one team member would have to rappel down a large waterfall and swim through a small platform to retrieve the next clue, they then have to swim back to complete the task.

The Detour was a choice between Crags and Cranes; in Crags, teams made their way to an ancient cave. They would find tablets with numbers and Chinese characters, the Chinese characters would translate to an island in the park that contained 500 statues. Teams would have to use the numbers to find the correct statue to find their next clue; in Cranes, teams had to find another island in the park dedicated to the protection of the red-crowned crane. They would then have to herd seven cranes into a pen for the next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Longchuan Seafood Restaurant, teams had to eat ten cockroaches to receive their next clue.
  • At the Bagua Village, teams had to find the well and fill buckets with water. They then had to transfer this water to the village's direct center where they would find a large container to fill. Once the container was filled, teams would receive their next clue.

Leg 12 (Guangdong → Shanghai)[edit]

The Oriental Pearl Tower at Shanghai, was the finish line of the first season of The Amazing Race: China Rush
  • Bus: Zhaoqing to Guangzhou
  • Flight: Guangzhou (Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport) to Shanghai (Shanghai Pudong International Airport)
  • Shanghai (International Automobile City) Roadblock: "Who can conquer the wheel?"
  • Shanghai (International Automobile City - Automobile Museum)
  • Shanghai (International Automobile City - Test Track)
  • Shanghai (Shanghai Expo Park – South Africa Pavilion)
  • Shanghai (Shanghai Expo Park – China Railway Pavilion)
  • Shanghai (The Bund)
  • Shanghai (Oriental Pearl Tower) Finish Line

The final Roadblock of the race requires one team member to climb to the top of a giant metal wheel to find their next clue. Once they got their next clue, they must then rappel back down to the ground to finish the task.

Additional tasks
  • At the Automobile Museum, teams had to find either the 1958 Fiat 500, the 1964 Jaguar XKE or the 1966 Shanghai SH761 amongst many vintage cars and successfully start it. Then, they had to return the keys to the representative to get their next clue.
  • At the test track, teams had to drive one lap around the track while obeying three different speed limits. If they went 3 km/h over or under the limit, they would have to start again. The twist was that only the team member not driving would be able to see the speedometer.
  • At the South Africa Pavilion, teams would find five wine bottles and five glasses of wine. Teams had to match the glasses to the bottles to receive their next clue.
  • At the China Railway Pavilion, teams would be given a map of China, along with the names of the places. Teams then had to correctly identify the Pit Stops from the race by arranging the labels in chronological order (see order below), to receive their next clue.
  • The final clue found at The Bund was written entirely in Mandarin Chinese.
Leg City Pit Stop
1 Ningbo, Zhejiang Ningbo Grand Theater
2 Wuxi, Jiangsu Lingshan "Five-signets" Palace
3 Changzhou, Jiangsu Yancheng Remains
4 Yangzhou, Jiangsu Yangzhou Railway Station
5 Beijing, Beijing Great Wall of China
6 Tai'an, Shandong Mount Tai
7 Qingdao, Shandong Zhanqiao Pier
8 Chengdu, Sichuan Chunxilu
9 Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Miaoba Rafting Pier
10 Tengchong, Baoshan, Yunnan Wengxinglou
11 Zhaoqing, Guangdong Yuejianglou


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