8 days with 9 orienteering events: Sprint, Middle and Long distances. The ideal way to improve your skills or just enjoy orienteering in exotic places.
Guangdong Province offers tricky and unique areas - some of the best in China! 😁
We make it simple for orienteers in all ages and levels, from all countries to participate. Join and experience China together with fellow Chinese and international orienteers 😊
BeiDou Orienteering Competition has its own characteristics. It offers intense and high-quality orienteering in eight consecutive days. We want to make BeiDou a truly classical event and a competition that belongs to the whole Chinese orienteering community. At the beginning, the competition was named "JuLang" (Giant Wave). We hope that it will sweep across the whole country like a giant wave. In 2020, we changed the name to "Bei Dou" (which means Big Dipper in Chinese). Our wish for the future is, that the event will, like the Big Dipper, shine bright in the sky. Giving orienteering athletes the direction towards a better and better orienteering experience. BeiDou orienteering competition welcomes you!
Li Bo, Executive Director BeiDou Orienteering Competition
BeiDou is more than an orienteering event. It combines Chinese culture with orienteering and the drive to improve together. BeiDou is the leading star for the Chinese orienteering community. Welcome to experience the hospitality of the local orienteering community!
Erik Simkovics, International Contact BeiDou Orienteering Competition
Zhaoqing (population 4mn) is located in South China, close to Guangzhou (population 13.5mn).
BeiDou orienteering is held in the province with most orienteering activities in China. Guangdong Province has humid subtropical climate with a daily mean temperature of 14°C in January. Perfect conditions for running!Where is Heyuan? Where is Zhaoqing?
How to get to China? It's easy.
It is easy to travel to Guangzhou Airport (CAN) by plane. After your arrival everything is arranged for you.
Return flight tickets Europe to Guangzhou from 400 €.
Beidou Orienteering is for everyone who is open-minded, flexible, and pro-active.
Orienteering in China often involves unexpected situations: chicken on the streets, short time for warmup, spicy food, change of plans. The schedule will be tight - so we expect participants to be punctual during the 10 days. Also, we will get local food and you will eat with chopsticks. It is possible to choose from what is on the table, mostly various vegetables, meat, and rice. There is no way to offer special diets, however, due to the big variety of food, everyone will find something to eat what they like. There might be some unexpected changes, you just have to go with the flow and enjoy the moment. It is good to prepare yourself for the unexpected, it is 100% exotic for Europeans 😉
Welcome to China
I have been six times for orienteering in China, the first time was in 2010. BeiDou Orienteering is a multiday event with the aim to provide a platform for competition, training and development and the mission to create a wave of interest for orienteering across China. BeiDou is the leading star for the Chinese orienteering community. In 2020, the 6th edition of the BeiDou is open for international participants.
Erik Nilsson Simkovics
International contact for BeiDou
BeiDou Orienteering Champion 2019, 2020
based in Vienna, Austria
China Orienteering Experts
Following orienteers come back to China over and over again because they love the unique experience 😀
Tekle Emilija Gvildyte
Lithuanian Orienteering Team
6x orienteering in China
"The best way to experience China! Don’t miss this great opportunity!"
Øystein Kvaal Østerbø
Norwegian Orienteering Athlete
11x orienteering in China
"I always enjoy coming back to China and the great combination of tricky orienteering in spectacular places, discovering another culture and meeting friendly people."
Anna Nilsson Simkovics
Austrian Orienteering Team
6x orienteering in China
"Unique, special & fun! Orienteering in China is the best way to get to know China and to make unforgettable memories."
Preliminary program. There are additional events in the evening: technical meetings, performances from participants, socials, award ceremonies, etc.
|Saturday 11/1||Arrival in Guangzhou → transfer to Heyuan|
|Sunday 12/1||BeiDou Orienteering Opening ceremony
|Monday 13/1||2 Middle distance|
|Tuesday 14/1||3 Long distance|
|Wednesday 15/1||4 Sprint
→ Transfer to Zhaoqing
|Thursday 16/1||5 Middle distance|
|Friday 17/1||6 Sprint
9 Night Score (Fun Event)
|Saturday 18/1||7 Long distance|
|Sunday 19/1||8 Middle distance
→ Transfer to Guangzhou: sightseeing & shopping
|Monday 20/1 or Tuesday 21/1||Free time in Guangzhou / Departure|
Orienteering in China is still a young sport. Most orienteers at BeiDou are university students, but there is no upper age limit.
Age classes (separate Women's and Men's classes): M / W -16, -18, 21A, 21E (Elite). Open class.
Details. More information.
For entering China you need a visa. It is your responsibility to apply for a visa in time before departure. After we have received your entry we will prepare an invitation letter and email it to you. More information
We do not offer flights to and from Guangzhou. Please book flights on your own using flight search engines or directly on an airline website (arrival 11/1, departure 20/1). Please contact us if you need assistance.
All need own travel insurance, possibly included in your credit card insurance cover. Please check.
No need of any special vaccination.
Because of many web services being blocked in China, participants must download and install WeChat before the event. It is the most reliable and easiest way to communicate in China. All information during the event will be published on WeChat. We also recommend downloading a VPN service before leaving Europe.
Authentic, local cuisine will be offered. Please note that we cannot provide special diets.
Local organisers do not speak English. We will have one person with us as a translator for international participants. Erik speaks English, German and Swedish. Moreover, it is possible to communicate through translation apps.
Electronic timekeeping will be used. Cards are provided.
GPS tracking will be used. Devices are provided and must be worn for safety reasons.
8 scoring events. Point based scoring system.
Prizegiving ceremony for individual stage winners and for the overall ranking and prizes for the top 3 in each class.
More details will be published closer to the event via email. Final details will be provided at the event, through WeChat. No printed details.
Terms & Conditions
The entry fee for Beidou includes participation in the orienteering event (9 stages + additional orienteering activities), accommodation (2-bed room), meals (incl. hot water/tea, other beverages have to be paid individually), transport during the events, transport from and to the airport, social and cultural program, formal invitation for visa application. Travel to and from Guangzhou and visa fee is not included.
Participants must be at least 18 years old. Younger athletes (16-17 years) are only allowed to register and participate together with parents.
Entries & Payment
Entries are accepted only through the online entry form and valid after fees have been received to our bank account. Please note that the organiser reserves the right to reject entries.
Beneficiary Erik Simkovics. EUR (€) account IBAN: GB55 REVO 0099 7085 9652 39, BIC: REVOGB21; or GBP (£) account 19701284, Sort code 04-00-75
In the case of curtailment or cancellation of Beidou due to circumstances beyond our control, we reserve the right to retain all or part of the entry fees. Cancellations before 1 December 2019 will be given a 70% refund. Cancellations before 23 December will be given a 30% refund. We regret that no refunds of entry fees will be possible after this date. If you wish to cancel your entry, please email to .
Risk and Safety
Competitors accept the hazards associated with participating in the event, and that they take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. The organiser will not accept liability for any injury, accident, loss or damage to the competitor or their property that may arise before, during or after the event as a consequence of participation in the event.
When you enter we will ask you for the following personal information:
- Contact details: name, birth date, email address, phone number
- Participation details: class, club, country, passport number
Why we need your details
We need to collect your personal information so that we can enable you to participate in the event. If you do not provide us with all of the personal information that we need to collect then this may affect our ability to manage your entry.
We also process participants’ personal information in pursuit of our legitimate interest to:
Promote and encourage participation in orienteering by sending participants communications and entry information for upcoming events. Our events may be filmed or photographed and your personal information may also be used in images captured from our events, which we use for promotional and development purposes. Provide competition in orienteering by accepting and managing entries for our events and checking your personal information to ensure you are entered into the correct category. Where we process your personal information in pursuit of our legitimate interest, you have the right to object to us using your personal information for the above purposes. If you wish to object to any of the above processing, please contact us.
Who we share your personal information with
If your personal information is included in any images or videos taken by us at our events, we may share this with Chinese orienteering for promotional and/or journalistic purposes.
Participants’ personal data
We publish the results of our events on our website. This includes competitors’ name, club, age class and result.
You can exercise any of the following rights by writing to us. Your rights in relation to your personal information are:
You have a right to request access to the personal information that we hold about you by making a “subject access request”;
If you believe that any of your personal information is inaccurate or incomplete, you have a right to request that we correct or complete your personal information;
You have a right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information for specific purposes; and
If you wish us to delete your personal information, you may request that we do so.
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