In the season premiere of "Survivor: China", the 16 castaways start off in Shanghai and then head off to a Buddhist ceremony in the mountaintops. At the ceremony, one castaway is faced with a moral dilemma as the ceremony conflicts with her beliefs. Afterwards, the castaways were split up into two tribes Zhan Hu and Fei Long.
Wearing yellow, the Zhan Hu Tribe consists of Dave Cruser, Jaime Dugan, Erik Huffman, Peih-Gee Law, Sherea Lloyd, Ashley Massaro, Steve "Chicken" Morris and Michael "Frosti" Zernow. Wearing red, the Fei Long Tribe consists of Jean-Robert Bellande, James Clement, Todd Herzog, Amanda Kimmel, Denise Martin, Leslie Nease, Aaron Reisberger and Courtney Yates.
At the Zhan Hu camp, the tribemates encounter a huge storm and Ashley started feeling sick and "Chicken" was just frustrated with his tribemates. On Fei Long, Todd suggested Aaron would make the best leader.
At the first Immunity Challenge, Fei Long wins and at Tribal Council Dave and Phei-Gee volunteered to be leaders of the tribe.
At Zhan Hu, the new leaders Dave and Phei-Gee start to clash on tribe decisions while over at Fei-Long, Jean-Robert's snoring irritates the other members while they work. Todd, Amanda and Aaron start an alliance to make it to the final three. Meanwhile, at Zhan Hu, the girls feel that preparing food is the first priority compared to Dave's plan to build a fire pit. At the Reward Challenge, Fei-Long wins and as a result have to kidnap a member from Zhan Hu, Jaime is chosen.
Returning from the challenge, Zhan Hu finds their campsite completely flooded with rain water and Dave and Ashley continue to argue.
On Fei Long, Leslie continues to struggle until Jaime shares the clue for the hidden immunity idol which in-turn lifts Leslie's spirits. To help find the idol, Leslie tells Todd about the clue.
At the Immunity Challenge, Fei Long wins for the second time.
On Fei Long, Jean-Robert rubs the women the wrong way making the girls feel uncomfortable. After catching a small crab, the men argue how they'll use the crab meat. Over at Zhan Hu, Dave continues to do work around the camp without taking any rest which annoys Peih-Gee and the rest of the tribe.
At the Reward Challenge, blankets and pillows are up for grabs and after a number of rough wrestling matches, Zhan Hu wins the reward and their first challenge. After being kidnapped by Zhan Hu, Leslie feels welcomed and relaxed. Meanwhile at Fei Long, Courtney and Todd overhear Jean-Robert and James's game plan for who they would vote out next.
As a result of being kidnapped, Leslie shares the clue for the hidden immunity idol with Jaime, returning the favor. The Immunity Challenge is won by Zhan Hu and Fei Long is sent to Tribal Council for the first time. After returning from the challenge, the girls plan to vote Jean-Robert while Aaron says he can't trust Leslie.
The Zhan Hu tribe discovers that some of their rice has mold on it which makes it in-edible and causes Dave and Sherea to clash. Meanwhile on Fei Long, tree mail says both tribes are to meet at Tribal Council for a challenge, and the tribe thinks food and a big meal is involved.
The Fei Long tribe wins the reward of a fisherman's family helping them with some fishes and spices. While Dave is kidnapped, he gets to know the other tribe better and is excited about learning about the hidden immunity idol and gives the clue to Todd.
At Zhan Hu, the tribesmates are happy with the decision that Fei Long kidnapped Dave as there is now less conflict. However, without Dave the tribe is not getting as much work done. On Fei Long, when the fisherman's family arrives, Jean Robert is able to use his knowledge of the Mandarin language to communicate with the family.
The Immunity Challenge is won by Fei Long and on Zhan Hu, the tribe is torn between Dave or Sherea as to who should be voted out.
The next morning at Zhan Hu, the tribemates are waking up after a good nights sleep. Sherea notices that her other tribemates tend to leave her out at times which makes her look forward to a change. Meanwhile, Jaime and Erik get to know more about each other while taking a swim which leads to Jaime's revelation about the Immunity Idol.
On Fei Long, Denise has shown herself to be pulling her weight and working hard around camp which allows James to gain her trust. Suddenly, both tribes get a message requesting that they pick two tribemates from the opposite tribe to join them. "Frosti" and Sherea are picked to join Fei Long while James and Aaron join Zhan Hu.
The next day on Fei Long, Jean-Robert is up early and giving out orders which allows "Frosti" and Sherea to see the tension the other tribemates have with him. On Zhan Hu, Aaron admits to feeling comfortable with the switch. Elsewhere on camp Peih-Gee takes Jaime aside to talk strategy about throwing the next two Immunity Challenges.
At the challenge, Fei Long wins. Back at the Zhan Hu camp James is angry at the girl's attempt during the challenge without realizing that it was done on purpose. The girls tell Erik about their plan and at Tribal Council it's down to Aaron or James for the vote.
On Zhan Hu, Peih-Gee is feeling confident and thinks that losing the Immunity Challenge on purpose was the right decision and hopes to do it again to vote James out. Over at Fei Long, Todd tells Amanda about the clues for the hidden Immunity Idol hoping to get help to find it.
Fei Long wins the Reward Challenge and are all excited and happy about hot baths and have a great time at a tea house. The loss leaves the Zhan Hu tribe frustrated and unsure about "Frosti" and Sherea's loyalty.
Meanwhile, Todd approaches James and persuade him to share the Immunity Idol clue and promises to save him. After reading the clue, Todd realizes where the idol is hidden but "Frosti" gets in the way, allowing him to join the idol secret. Todd gives the idol to James and tells him, Denise and Courtney the plan to use it.
The Immunity Challenge is a food eating challenge and Zhan Hu wins. The win ruins Todd's plan and the new plan is to vote Sherea out. But Courtney approaches the others in an attempt to change all of that.
During the night on Fei Long, Jean-Robert addresses the feud between him and Courtney to the other tribemates.
The next day on Zhan Hu, Peih-Gee wants James to trust her and the rest of the tribe. But while the others aren't looking, James goes straight for the second Immunity Idol and successfully finds it. Back on Fei Long, Todd and Courtney argue on Jean-Robert's presence in the tribe.
Meanwhile on Zhan Hu, Jaime and Erik think they have found an Immunity Idol after James secretly removed and tossed away the incorrect plank of wood. Jaime keeps it in her bag just in case. Then at night, Jaime looks through James's bag and finds both Immunity Idols inside. The next morning, James realizes the other plank of wood is missing and predicts that the others have it thinking it's an Idol.
Later that afternoon, both tribes meet and officially merge consisting of six original Fei Long members and four original Zhan Hu. The newly merged tribe then go on to enjoy Chinese culture and performances and a feast. After returning to camp they decide on the new tribe name, Hae Da Fung. Suddenly, Jeff shows up at the camp and leads the tribe to their first individual Immunity Challenge.
In the time between the end of the challenge and Tribal Council, everyone on the tribe is scrambling and making plans as to who they are going to vote for and who will stick together as an alliance and who will play the Immunity Idol. At Tribal Council the vote is between Jaime and Jean-Robert
After returning from Tribal Council, Jean-Robert realizes he had a close call even though the real Immunity Idol was not found by Jaime. The next morning, James says he knows in order to stay strong, his original tribe has to stick together. Amanda realizes that James is probably in the best position and could potentially win the entire game.
After a Reward Challenge win, Jean-Robert reads the clues for the hidden Immunity Idol, but Todd and the rest of his original tribemates know better. Meanwhile, back at the camp, Denise is a little upset about being picked last during the reward challenge and therefore unable to participate. While the reward winners are away, Peih-Gee tries to stir the pot to get Denise to vote out Jean-Robert.
At night, while the others are sleeping, Jean-Robert searches for the hidden Immunity Idol, not knowing that they have already been found. The next day, Todd becomes annoyed with James and the fact that he has both Immunity Idols and quickly comes up with a plan to try and vote him out. After the Immunity Challenge, Jean-Robert tells Erik he thinks he has the immunity idol but Erik tells him James has the real ones. After Jean-Roberts confronts Todd about it, Todd continues to flip back and forth between who he and his alliance should vote for.
As the tribe wakes up, James realizes he had a close call at Tribal last night and reveals that he now plans to bring the Immunity Idol to every Tribal Council to be safe. Courtney is happy to wake up with no Jean-Robert at camp. Meanwhile, Denise continues to feel left out of the alliance since she was the only one to vote for Peih-Gee at the last Tribal Council. James thinks Courtney has become annoying and unstable in the alliance as she is always flirting with "Frosti".
"Frosti", Amanda, Erik and Courtney win the reward of a cruise down the Lee River and enjoy a meal. After the Reward Challenge loss, Peih-Gee takes it out on James and their argument creates tension at camp. On the reward cruise, relationships bloom and the castaways enjoy themselves. When everyone is back at camp, Todd reveals how Peih-Gee hasn't been getting along with the others.
At the Immunity Challenge, Jeff tempts the contestants and offers food instead of participating in the challenge, everyone except Peih-Gee, Amanda, "Frosti" and Erik go for the meal. After Peih-Gee's immunity win, Erik feels he is the next to go. But after James and Todd discuss things with Denise, "Frosti" and Courtney were put on the chopping block.
A re-cap episode of all the events that have occured in China.
At Tribal Council, "Frosti" has just been voted out and Jeff announces the remaining survivors will participate in a reward challenge. Peih-Gee wins the reward and picks Erik and Denise to join her for a special visit to a temple. The remaining four survivors (James, Todd, Courtney and Amanda) feel confident that they should be the final four in the game, but Amanda feels differently.
On a walk to get tree mail, Amanda and Courtney discuss the option of blind-sighting James, who has proven to be the strongest player in the game. After the Immunity Challenge, Amanda then approaches Todd with the plan to vote for James. Although the plan may work, Peih-Gee creates for a backup plan in case James uses his immunity idols. At Tribal Council, the idols are not used and James is voted out.
The survivors return from Tribal Council and are releaved that their plan to get rid of James was successful. Todd feels strong with his alliance of Denise, Amanda and Courtney and their plan to vote out Peih-Gee and Erik.
At the Reward Challenge, the survivors are paired up with family members. Denise and her husband Robert win and choose Todd and Amanda to go along with them. Back at camp, Erik and Courtney don't believe Todd's story about his younger sister having a mis-carriage. After the family members leave, Peih-Gee confronts Denise about her decision to pick Todd and Amanda as she had previously felt upset with the decision.
After Peih-Gee's Immunity Challenge win, Erik is the one who is lined up to be voted out next. But he and Peih-Gee approach Denise with a plan to go against her alliance and vote Todd out instead. As Tribal Council approaches, Denise still is unsure about who to vote for.
The final five is revealed and upon returning to camp after Tribal Council, Denise wonders if sticking with her original alliance of Courtney, Todd and Amanda was a mistake. The next morning Peih-Gee is the remaining tribe member of Zhan Hu and she feels she is the outsider.
At the Reward Challenge, Denise wins a lunch and a night-stay at the Great Wall of China with Courtney and Todd. Denise's choice does not go over well with Peih-Gee, but it allows her and Amanda to converse with each other while the others are away.
After returning from the reward Peih-Gee and Amanda cannot believe Todd and Courtney complain about the food they had. With Todd angering Amanda, she thinks about possibly voting him off depending on the results of the Immunity Challenge. After the challenge, Peih-Gee wants Todd out, but Denise would prefer him to stay thinking she has a better chance against him in the finals. At Tribal Council, the alliance of Courtney, Todd, Amanda and Denise hold strong.
A last minute revelation by a castaway prompts an all-time high in paranoia between the contestants. A castaway feels vulnerable during the final Immunity Challenge and schemes to make it to the final three. Another castaway is maddened by a friend when they is made to look bad in front of the jury. The final three are left accountable for their actions as the jury decides a winner.
During a live Reunion Show broadcast from Los Angeles, the Survivors get together for the first time since being in China to discuss the results of the game.