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It’s one of the oldest countries in the world and for 16 Americans it is about to be the place of an adventure of a lifetime. Survivor:China.

The adventure begins in ultra modern Shanghai but these 16 strangers will be transported back in time and will experience a culture that dates back nearly 5000 years.

The group consists of a former Miss Montana, a school lunch lady, a christian radio talk show host, a gay mormon flight attendant, a professional wrestler, a University of South Carolina Honors student, a chicken farmer from Virginia, a professional poker player, a fourth grade school teacher, a Nashville musician, a grave digger from Louisiana, a Jewelery designer from Los Angeles, a New York City waitress, a surfing instructor, a bar tender and former model, and a twenty year old student and athlete who is the youngest survivor ever.

Their adventure will play out in a remote section of China where they will live in the shadows of a 16th century Bhudist monastary on the lake of a thousand islands – a harsh and remote land that will challenge even the strongest of survivors. It is the ultimate challenge. 16 people, all from different walks of life, forced to live together to create a new society while battling the elements and each other. They must learn to adapt or they will be voted out. In the end, only one will remain to claim the million dollar prize.

39 days. 16 people. One Survivor.

The monks at the monastary line the courtyard as the survivors enter and a giant gong is being sounded as they walk in. Chinese American Peih-Gee, the jeweler from Los Angeles is moved at the welcoming and by being back in the land where she is originally from. Her grandfather passed away a couple of weeks ago and she says that he would have gotten a real kick out of seeing her there.

Jeff welcomes them to China and tells them before they start they will all participate in a ceremony inside the temple. He tells them that it is not a religious ceremony, hoping to ease any concerns of the different faiths represented in the 16 survivors, and that the people of this land just want them to feel welcomed.

Denise, the school lunch lady, is moved by the experience in the temple and says it almost made her cry.

Courtney, the New York waitress, has her hands abruptly moved by one of the monks when she isn’t doing things properly. She’s not impressed by being shown what to do and obviously doesn’t have much respect for the culture she is invading. She admits that she doesn’t know how to do any of this stuff and doesn’t really want to be doing any of this stuff and would rather be back with the lemonade.

Leslie, the christian radio host, cannot do the ceremony because of the whole bowing down to other gods thing and walks out. When the ceremony is over, Jeff asks her about it with the rest of the group. She says that it felt like worship and while she’s not a religious person (she instead has a relationship with Jesus Christ), she wont put her face on the floor for anyone but him. Will affect her time in the game? Probably.

Jeff tells the survivors that one of the big themes in Bhudism is the leaving behind of worldy possesions. That means, no suitcases and they will only have the clothes on their backs. That’s a bit of a problem for some because they’re wearing giant, heavy boots and for Jamie, no bra.

They divide into tribes and put on their buffs. The Yellow tribe is called Zhan Hu which means “Fighting Tiger” and consists of Frosti, Dave, Jamie, Erik, Peih-Gee, Sherea, Ashley and Chicken. Student/Athlete Frosti thinks the tribe is strong.

The Red tribe is called Fei Long and means “Flying Dragon” and consists of Jean-Robert, Leslie, Amanda, Courtney, Denise, James, Todd and Aaron. Amanda, the hiking guide, is so happy to be there and thinks James and Aaron are their two strongest members and thinks they’re going to be a real powerhouse in challenges.

Jeff tells them about the Chinese writing, The Art of War and encourages them to study it as it contains wisdom and may very well help them win the game and the million dollar prize. He also gives them a map each to their new home. The each head out to their respective boats which will take them to their new home.

On the Fei Long boat Leslie asks if anyone know how to do this. Aaron suggest they just take it slow so that they don’t end up going around in circles. He doesn’t really think anyone in his tribe, for the best part, has a clue about what’s actually going on.

They arrive at their new home and discover they have rice but no flint. They want to keep it dry because it’s just started to rain.

Courtney is going to find it hard because she seems to be surrounded by flight attendants and sunday school teachers and that people in the city just don’t live like that. She says that they’re all the exact type of people she doesn’t like to be around because they’re all so positive and think everything is amazing. Courtnet is really sarcastic.

Jean-Robert, the professional poker play, and Todd, the flight attendant, head out and find their tree mail box. There’s nothing in it yet but at least they now know where it is. Jean-Robert tells Todd that he thinks he seems like someone who is a little like him, a little devious. Jean-Robert says that one of his strengths in this game is his ability to read players. Todd doesn’t want Jean-Robert to tell anyone else that he thinks he is sharp though as he doesn’t want to be that guy.

At Zhan Hu, Sherea the elementary teacher is stuggling. She arrived in a dress and high heels and as she walks, her heels are sinking deep into the soft earth. She thinks the situation is disgusting and way nasty. The others find some old wooden structure and want to use it to build but Chicken reminds them that even if they use it, it wont sleep all of them under it. He ends up giving up and deciding not to help despite his experience.

Ashley, the pro wrestler and the one wearing the bulky boots, thinks her job has prepared her for the game.

Peih-Gee says that they’re like the tribe that is hanging out and has, like, no food and no fire.

At Fei Long, they’re building an incredible structure to sleep on. Leslie thinks James is superman. She asks him what he does and he tells her he bury’s people. He tells her he’s a little worried about the social aspect of the game but hopes he can pull it out in the challenges.

At night, Zhan Hu are have a long night in the rain. Chicken hopes it was a reality check for them all. Hopefully they’ll start to get organised. Ashley is feeling pretty sick after the first night. She says she’s wrestled with a 104 fever before and hopes it will pass. Dave, the former model, tells her not to worry about being on the block if she’s sick but when it comes down to it, they will send her packing if they lose the first competition.

The tribes get their first tree mail and it reads:
The untested enemy you must face today
They may have the power to send one of you away
With your namesake held above you and with honor in your heart
Will you lead your tribe to victory or be the first one to depart

Fei Long decide they should look at The Art of War. They think they need a leader and Todd pushes the leader role towards Aaron and everyone else agrees.

Before the first challenge the teams talk about the toughness of the first night. The teams have each been given running shoes which are theirs to keep during the game.

Fei Long are carrying a red Chinese dragon while Zhan Hu are carrying a yellow tiger up on poles. The teams must navigate a course and then James unclips for Fei Long and Frosti, for Zhan Hu is right behind him. They race and jump onto the first wall and have to lower draw bridges. James gets a bit of a lead and gets back first to unlock the gate and clips back in to lead the team through the rest of the course. It’s neck and neck through the swamp but Fei Long make it to the finish platform first. Fei Long wins the first immunity and some flint to make fire.

At Zhan Hu, Peih-Gee is upset that their tribe is a bit of a mess. She’s annoyed with Chicken for not wanting to contribute his opinion. Ashley gets annoyed with Peih-Gee for taking the leadership role after she was crying they lost the challenge. She’s feeling better that she was yesterday but Chicken wants to know what she’s done.

Sharea is deciding between either Peih-Gee, cause she’s so bossy, and Chicken. It sounds that across the board, the votes are going to fall to Peih-Gee, Ashley and Chicken to Dave but he’d like to keep Chicken there for his experience and thinks it’s time that things started to happen around camp.

At Tribal Council, they talk about the last few days. The discussion centers around the two days it took to build a shelter. Jeff asks if anyone is prepared to stand up and act as the leader of the tribe. Both Peih-Gee and Dave put their hands up. Dave doesn’t want things to continue the way they are and wants to get things tight. Dave says that the vote tonight should be about removing the least productive person from the group. Ashley is a little worried that she’s the one going because she’s been sick. Chicken says that he doesn’t fit in but out in the jungle, do you want to get rid of the guy who doesn’t fit in, or the guy that works.

At the vote, Frosti votes for Chicken, Ashley votes for Peih-Gee, Sherea votes for Chicken, Erik votes for Chicken, Chicken votes for Ashley, Jamie votes for Chicken, Dave votes for Ashley and Peih-Gee votes for Chicken. Making it a 5 vote majority, the first person voted out of Survivor China is Chicken.

They’re allowed to take their fire back to camp and get flint so they’ll be happy.

China is home to the Beijing Olympics in 2008

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