M 6’s adventure game is back for a new season. Host Stéphane Rotenberg revealed on Monday the first country crossed by the candidates of the new season of “Beijing Express”. In a video published by the channel on the social network X (ex-Twitter), he announced that the 18th season of the program would start from the famous island of Bali, Indonesia.
“I am in the remote, wild, little-known part of the island”, says the animator on the occasion of the first day of filming of this new season. He also took the opportunity to send a word of support to aspiring candidates who were not selected, inviting them to persevere.
14 years after the last stopover
However, this visit to Indonesia will not be a first for the show. As Stéphane Rotenberg reminds us, the fourth season of “Beijing Express”baptized “The Road of the Dragons”, took place in five countries of Southeast Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia, where the candidates had crossed the line of arrival in… Bali.
Since 2009 and the broadcast of this season, the program had not returned to the country, favoring routes in South America (Colombia, Costa Rica, etc.), Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan) or the Middle East (Jordan , United Arab Emirates).
A season in Asia after a previous one in South America
The last season of “Beijing Express” ended in April with the victory of Xavier and Céline, the boss and his employee from Meurthe-et-Moselle. They were the first to reach the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the final finish line after several thousand kilometers traveled across South America.
They started from Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, then crossed Paraguay and a large part of Brazil to win. The two Lorrainers had thus won the sum of 31,280 euros in front of 2.2 million viewers.