The Amazing Race 19 Leg 1

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Leg 1
Starting Line Hsi Lai Temple
Haciendsa Heights
United States Flag of the United States.svg
Pit Stop Martyrs' Shrine
Taiwan Flag of Taiwan.svg
Winners Ernie & Cindy
Last Place Bill & Cathi
Speed Bump
Distance 6845.19 miles
Contains Roadblock.png HazardIcon.png

Leg One of The Amazing Race 19 saw teams race from the United States to Taiwan. It was filmed between June 18-20, 2011 and first aired in the USA and Canada on September 25, 2011.


Hsi Lai Temple

The race began with Phil welcoming the eleven teams, explaining the basic rules of the race, introducing the Express Pass and the Hazard, and shouting "Go!" Teams then had to solve a word puzzle. They had to search through hundreds of oil-paper umbrellas, each one adorned with three letters. They must find the umbrella with the correct three letters, 'TAI', which when combined with the provided group of six other letters, 'WANPEI', would reveal their first destination: Taipei, Taiwan. They would then be instructed to proceed to Los Angeles International Airport. The last team to complete the task would have to complete the Hazard later in the leg.

Los Angeles International Airport

  • Los Angeles
  • Distance: 25.4 miles

The first eight teams would fly with China Airlines and arrive first, while the last three teams would fly with EVA Air, departing 20 minutes later.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

File:Ximending at night.jpg
Ximending Commercial District

Ximending Commercial District

Taipei Confucius Temple
  • Taipei
  • Distance: 17.1 miles

Teams were told to "look up" once they reached this location. They would have to figure out that their next clue was written in Chinese on a digital billboard overlooking the main square. When translated, the text would read 'Confucius Temple', directing them to their next location.

Taipei Confucius Temple

Core Pacific City Mall
  • Taipei
  • Distance: 2.1 miles

Roadblock.png Roadblock: Here, teams discovered the first Roadblock of the race. Confucius says 'Who's ready to play telephone?' The chosen team member had to dial a number on the temple's payphone and listen to a Confucius proverb spoken by a Chinese person. In order to use the payphone, which was a real functioning phone, they would have to go and purchase a phone card. Without taking any notes, they then had to recite it word-for-word to a monk. If they successfully repeated the proverb, they would receive their next clue.

Amani, Andy, Cathi, Cindy, Ethan, Sandy, Jennifer, Lisa, Zac, Liz, Ron

Core Pacific City Mall

  • Taipei
  • Distance: +3.35 miles

HazardIcon.png Hazard: One team member from Kaylani & Lisa, the penalized team, would have to complete an indoor bungee jump inside of the mall's main plaza. After the frightening leap, they could continue with the race.

Dajia Riverside Park

  • Taipei
  • Distance: 1.79 miles

Teams had to join a team of professional dragon boat racers once they reached this park. One team member would have to paddle while the other had to keep the rhythm of the drum as the whole team paddled. Once they completed the river course, the boat captain would give them their next clue.

Martyrs' Shrine

  • Taipei
  • Distance: 0.8 miles

PitStop.png Pit Stop: The first team to arrive would win the Express Pass. This was a non-elimination leg. The last-place team would be required to complete a Speed Bump on the following leg.


Team HLT LAI Plane.png BUS Bus.png XCD TCT Roadblock.png DRP MS PitStop.png Roadblocks
Ernie & Cindy 1st Decrease2.png 6th A A Decrease2.png 5th Increase2.png 2nd Increase2.png 1st Steady2.png 1st Steady2.png 1st Steady2.png 1st Ernie 0, Cindy 1
Jeremy & Sandy 1st Decrease2.png 5th Decrease2.png 4th Increase2.png 1st Decrease2.png 3rd Steady2.png 3rd Increase2.png 2nd Steady2.png 2nd Jeremy 0, Sandy 1
Justin & Jennifer 1st Decrease2.png 10th Decrease2.png 2nd Decrease2.png 4th Increase2.png 2nd Steady2.png 2nd Decrease2.png 3rd Steady2.png 3rd Justin 0, Jennifer 1
Ethan & Jenna 1st Decrease2.png 4th Decrease2.png 6th Steady2.png 6th Increase2.png 4th Steady2.png 4th Steady2.png 4th Steady2.png 4th Ethan 1, Jenna 0
Amani & Marcus 1st Decrease2.png 2nd Steady2.png 1st Decrease2.png 3rd Decrease2.png 5th Decrease2.png 7th Steady2.png 7th Increase2.png 5th Amani 1, Marcus 0
Laurence & Zac 1st Decrease2.png 9th Decrease2.png 8th Steady2.png 8th Increase2.png 6th Steady2.png 6th Steady2.png 6th Steady2.png 6th Laurence 0, Zac 1
Andy & Tommy 1st Steady2.png 1st Decrease2.png 7th Steady2.png 7th Decrease2.png 8th Increase2.png 5th Steady2.png 5th Decrease2.png 7th Andy 1, Tommy 0
Ron & Bill 1st Decrease2.png 7th Decrease2.png 3rd Decrease2.png 5th Decrease2.png 7th Decrease2.png 8th Steady2.png 8th Steady2.png 8th Ron 1, Bill 0
Kaylani & Lisa 1st Decrease2.png 11th B B Decrease2.png 10th Increase2.png 9th Steady2.png 9th Steady2.png 9th HazardIcon.png Steady2.png 9th Steady2.png 9th Kaylani 0, Lisa 1
Liz & Marie 1st Decrease2.png 3rd Steady2.png 9th Decrease2.png 10th Steady2.png 10th Steady2.png 10th Steady2.png 10th Steady2.png 10th Liz 1, Marie 0
Bill & Cathi 1st Decrease2.png 8th C Steady2.png 11th Steady2.png 11th Steady2.png 11th Steady2.png 11th Steady2.png 11th Steady2.png 11th Bill 0, Cathi 1
  • A bold team member in the Roadblock count indicates the team member who completed this leg's Roadblock.
  • An underlined blue team's placement indicates that the team came in last on a non-elimination leg.
The Amazing Race 19
Legs 123456789101112
Countries United StatesTaiwanIndonesiaThailandMalawiDenmarkGermanyBelgiumNetherlandsPanama
Teams Amani & MarcusAndy & TommyBill & CathiErnie & CindyEthan & JennaJeremy & SandyJustin & JenniferKaylani & LisaLaurence & ZacLiz & MarieRon & Bill
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