10 days with 11 orienteering events: 4x Sprint, 5x Middle, 2x Long (9 races). The ideal way to improve your skills or just enjoy orienteering in exotic places.

in China

in China

Guangdong Province offers tricky and unique areas - some of the best in China! 😁

for you

for everyone!

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 😊

10 Days. 11 Events!

Arrival Saturday, 11 January 2020
Beidou Orienteering 12 - 19 January 2020
Departure Monday, 20 January 2020
All-inclusive-entry with accommodation, meals and local transports

Be part of an orienteering adventure in South China!

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Beidou Orienteering

Beidou orienteering is China's version of the Swedish O-Ringen: a multiday orienteering event with the aim to develop orienteering across China. In January 2020 1,000 orienteers from China and overseas will meet, orienteer, and have fun during 10 days at the 6th edition of Beidou orienteering.

Program Video Trailer Beidou on Facebook
Orienteering in Guangdong Province

Heyuan & Zhaoqing

Heyuan and 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 €.

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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 😉

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Typical dinner in China

Welcome to China

I have been five times for orienteering in China, the first time was in 2010. The sport is growing and 2019 the first World Cup is held in China. Beidou Giant Wave 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. In 2020, the 6th edition of the Beidou is open for international participants.

Erik Nilsson Simkovics

Erik Nilsson Simkovics

International contact for Beidou
Beidou Orienteering Champion 2019
based in Vienna, Austria

China Orienteering Experts

Following orienteers come back to China over and over again because they love the unique experience 😀

Tekle Gvildyte

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

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

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. Afternoon orienteering activities (*) to be confirmed. 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
1 Sprint
2 Sprint final
Monday 13/1 3 Middle distance
Tuesday 14/1 4 Long distance
10* Middle training
Wednesday 15/1 5 Sprint
→ Transfer to Zhaoqing
Thursday 16/1 6 Middle distance
11* Team orienteering activity
Friday 17/1 7 Sprint
Saturday 18/1 8 Long distance
Sunday 19/1 9 Middle distance
Closing ceremony
→ 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 Giant Wave are university students. The oldest age category is 50+ - but there is no upper age limit, everyone is welcome!

Age classes (separate Women's and Men's classes): M / W -16, -18, 21A, 21E (Elite), 35, 40, 45, 50



1st entry deadline 1 December. Late entries until 25 December. Limited places for international athletes, register now to save your spot.
The procedure is simple:
1 register here for Beidou Giant Wave Orienteering
2 book flights
3 apply for visa
4 travel to & arrive at Guangzhou airport on 11 January 2020
From there on everything is organised for you. Just enjoy 🙂

Beidou Giant Wave Orienteering

3 spots left with reduced entry fee

799 € (989 €)


  • Orienteering event in China
  • 11-20 January 2020
  • 9 stages in 10 days
  • + 2 additional o-activities
  • Social program
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Transfer from/to Guangzhou airport & local transports
  • Formal invitation for visa application
  • Unforgettable experiences
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General 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.


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

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

Entry fee

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.

Minimum age

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

Cancellation Policy

In the case of curtailment or cancellation of Beidou Giant Wave 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.

Privacy Policy

Personal Data

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.

Your rights

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;
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If you wish us to delete your personal information, you may request that we do so.

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Erik Simkovics
Dr. Heinrich Maier Strasse 46/5/5, 1180 Wien, Austria

+43 664 2254915
Wechat: eriksimkovics