Leg 16.05 – “Don’t touch it! Just use your mouth!”
The teams set off on the 5th Leg of the Race by learning they’ll be flying back across the Pacific Ocean to their next destination: Beijing, China!
All teams will be on the same flights from Belize City to Houston on Southwest and from Houston to Beijing on Air China, arriving at 5am.
Upon arrival in Beijing, teams must travel by subway from the airport to Shichahai Lakes and search the area for their next clue.
In a Switchback to Season 6, teams must take a flagged rickshaw and pedal themselves to a nearby hutong neighborhood.
They will find this noodle shop and enjoy a noodle breakfast. They will then return the rickshaw to receive their next clue.
Teams must now make their way to Beijing National Stadium.
And here, they will find the Double Yield Board, if activated. After checking in at the Yield, teams will open the next clue revealing a Road Block: Who wants to get high?
For this Road Block, teams will be harnessed and then pulled into the air just like dancers from the stunning 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Teams must make five forward flips while being raised upwards and then perform five backward flips while being lowered. If successful, teams will receive the next clue.
That clue immediately reveals the Detour: Traditional or Modern.
In Traditional, teams must make their way to Bai Gong Fang (100 Handicraftsmen Workshop) and choose two traditional Chinese arts and crafts to create. Once approved, they will be given the next clue.
In Modern, teams must head to 798 Arts District where they will choose either one large modern art piece or two smaller pieces to deliver across the way. Teams can only transport one piece at a time. Once teams have made their deliveries, they can exchange their receipts for the next clue.
Teams will now make their way to the famous Jin Ding Xuan restaurant next to Ditan Park. And here, teams will find a Double Road Block: Eyes and Everything Else.
For this Double Road Block, the team member who will take care of “Everything Else” will be blindfolded while their partner, who will be the “Eyes,” will guide them through ten different dim sum, including different filled dumplings. Using only their senses of taste and smell, the blindfolded team member must memorize and later identify the dim sum, on their own, to receive the next clue.
This is also the Trigger Point for this Leg. If any team gets all ten dim sum correct on their first attempt, the U-Turn or Yield will be activated.
The next clue tells teams only to “Find ‘The Giant Egg’ for the Pit Stop. Teams must figure out that the clue refers to the National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Pit Stop for this Leg.
The first team to check in here will win P200,000 courtesy of Shell V-Power Nitro+.
The last team to check in here WILL be eliminated!
So I think this is a pretty solid mid-Race Leg in Beijing. This Leg came about mainly because I wanted to have the TAR China 3 acrobat Road Block on TARPH. It really was a great task and it definitely won’t be easy for teams here.
Also, Beijing serves as a perfect bridge between Belize and our next country 😉
Starting at the beginning, we have a “Switchback” to a TARPHDME6 task where teams had to pedal a rickshaw to find the noodle shop. The task, though not the most memorable I would assume, is still a good way to get teams out and about in a picturesque and touristy/interesting area of Beijing. It also helps serve as an early morning task just like it did back in TARPHDM6. Hehe.
Next up we have the TAR China recycle which again, I feel is a great task. Teams can really have trouble completing this challenge. I put the Yield here instead of using a U-Turn because I think the U-Turn would be too late on the Leg if after the Detour.
Speaking of, wanting to do something a little different in Beijing, I focused on art. And doing traditional Chinese art versus modern art is a nice contrast. The traditional art side of the Detour requires teams to create something and maybe focus on attention to detail. The modern side of the Detour is purely physical and navigational. The added challenge is whether teams choose only one, yet very heavy art piece to carry around. Or two smaller, easier to carry pieces. But both needing to be delivered to different locations and one at a time. Should be a great Detour.
Finally, the Double Road Block with the dim sum is a modified mishmash of various TAR tasks of the past. It’s basically a combination of the TAR17 “real or fake” dim sum task (which was also recycled and modified for TARPHDME2) and TAR Canada’s blindfold and smell task (which was also recycled and modified for TARPHDME12). It should be a really good task and definitely different from any of the tasks it is derived from.
Teams must make sure to go to the correct Jin Ding Xuan. But of course we hope a few teams do not, to make better TV. Hehe.
This is also an easy spot for the Trigger Point.
Finally, a last minute riddle to find the Pit Stop at the National Centre for the Performing Arts which would look great in 4K UHD (no drones allowed in Beijing though I think lol). I would want to try and map out this Leg so teams arrive here in the evening or after sunset. Makes for more beautiful pictures hehe.
Overall, a pretty good Leg I think.