The Ledger-Enquirer live blogged the Amazing Race Season 18 Episode 4, which first aired March 14, 2011. See a full recap below:
Zev and Justin are the first to leave, since they came in first in the previous leg. They learn they must travel to China and reach Jade Dragon Mountain, where they'll find their next clue. Because of limited seating, they must take a mandatory flight. Once they arrive, they then must find their own way to Li Jiang.
Dating, um, goths Kent and Vyxsin have issues finding the correct car to get to the airport. They manage to find the correct vehicle and drive off. However, they are completely lost trying to find the airport while the other teams seemingly have no problems finding the terminal.
The other teams wonder where Kent and Vyxsin are, though they're still driving when the sun comes up. Just then, Vyxsin decides to look at her compass and realize they're going to wrong way. Vyxsin doesn't think that they'll arrive at the airport in time, but Kent says that the Amazing Race is about miracles and that they can't give up.
The flight takes off without the goths. They arrive at the airport and check with an attendant, who gets them on a different flight.
Meanwhile, the other teams arrive in Kunming, China, where they decide how best to get to Jade Dragon Mountain. Ron and Christina, who speak Chinese fluently, find a train that leaves at 8:50 p.m. No other team gets on that first train, which arrives at 5:38 a.m. in Li Jiang. They're in first place, and they take some time to grab some local cuisine.
They find the shuttle they need to be on to reach the mountain, though it doesn't leave until 8 a.m.
Kent and Vyxsin are still behind, and Vyxsin has left her passport on an airport counter. They race back to get it and get on their next flight.
The other teams begin arriving at the shuttle, effectively killing Ron and Christina's lead.
Kent and Vyxsin are on a different shuttle to the mountain.
The shuttle with the rest of the teams stop at the clue box and run toward it, getting their clues simutaneously.
Their task: Ride a yak -- Properly saddle a yak and ride it across a difficult part of a river. They'll then get their next clue.
The teams must now ride up a gondola, some 3,000 feet above where they are, to Spruce Mountain. They'll get their next clue at the top.
Everyone is feeling the altitude, though they're trying to run as fast as they can. They all reach the clue box at the same time and learn what this leg's Road Block will be: Search for Zodiac signs among tons of symbols. They must find all 12 symbols, which are emblazoned on small plates, and put them in the correct order to get their next clue.
Kent and Vyxsin just made it to the yak task.
Gary and Mallory get it first and learn they must travel to old town Li Jiang, where they'll find the next clue.
Zev and Justin are lagging behind at the Zodiac Road Block, giving the goth kids the time to catch up.
The first few teams make it down from the mountain and are back on a bus headed to old town. Ron and Christina hurry off in what they think is the right bus, though it turns out to be something entirely different. The other teams get on the right bus and head off.
Ron starts screaming at his driver, demanding that he stop. He and Christina ultimately jump off the tram and shout for the passing bus to stop. The Globetrotters have the driver stop as Ron and Christina run to the waiting vehicle.
The first teams reach the next clue box and learn their task: Make a Zodiac wish, put the wish in the proper slot in a golden cylinder and then get their next clue.
Detour: Hammer or Horn. In Hammer, they must pulverize molten candy in a traditional manner. Once the candy is properly prepared, they'll get their next clue.
In Horn, teams must pick up a long, ceremonial horn and lead a processional to a palace, where they'll get their next clue.
Zev finally discovers that he has two goats on his display and that he needs a horse. He finally gets his clue, and he and Justin leave. They are in eighth place. The goths remain in ninth.
Many teams are hammering the candy, though Jaime and Cara go to Horn. Meanwhile, Vyxsin is having a breakdown searching for the correct Zodiac symbols while Zev and Justin leave for their next task.
Vyxsin finally finds the final symbol and she begins putting them in order.
Many teams finish the Hammer task and get their last clue of the leg, which leads them to the Eternal Tower and the Pit Stop.
The Globetrotters decided to do Horn, and they're wandering around trying to find the palace.
Zev and Justin, in eighth place, just got their Detour clue. Kent and Vyxsin just completed the Zodiac task.
Margie and Luke are first place. They win a trip to Aruba for five nights. Phil then tells them that they're still racing. He hands them a clue and they head off.
Jet and Cord are second place. Gary and Mallory are third.
Ron and Christina are fourth. Keisha and Jen are fifth. Globetrotters are sixth. Jaime and Cara are seventh.
Kent and Vyxsin are on a bus headed to their next task when they realize that a fanny pack with all their money is missing. They figure that they must have left it on the gondola, and they try to convince the bus driver to turn around.
Vyxsin is waving her arms in slow motion as the episode ends with the viewer not knowing if anyone was eliminated and the words "to be continued" appearing on the screen.