Bottoms up! In Qingdao International Beer Festival
When it happens: August 11 to 27
Where it happens: Qingdao International Beer City, China
History: According to the official website, Qingdao International Beer Festival integrates culture, business, trading activities, tourism, and sports. Its slogan is “Qingdao – Ganbei with the World”. It began in 1991 and has been held every year. The festival has been celebrated for over 15 years and has become a well-known brand name. It enjoys a reputation not only nationally, but also internationally. In past festivals, they have featured beer tasting, artistic parades, music, interactive performances, drinking contests, games, and merchandise stalls for breweries.
About the Festival: The Qingdao International Beer Festival is an annual festival held at the Qingdao International Beer City in Shandong, province of China. It is sponsored by the Qingdao Municipal Government and the national state ministries. The festival features an opening ceremony, a beer tasting event, and a closing ceremony. The festival lasts for 16 days and is set in three activity zones such as the comprehensive service zone, the beer tasting zone, and the carnival entertainment zone. It also displays three of the most famous beers in the world – the Pilsener Beer of Germany, the Heineken of Holland, and China’s Tsingtao Beer.
When the festival comes, the city becomes a cheerful place. You can hear drums and trumpets, and a spectacular fireworks show is displayed at sea. You can also see parades of ethnic tropes, military bands, balloons, colourful flags, and beautifully decorated vehicles. You can indulge yourself with various brands of beers from a variety of breweries. After the festival, you can roam around the city and take pleasure at the European architecture and beaches. You can also try riding the Qingdao boats for relaxing days. In addition, you can stroll along the beach and watch the sunrise and sunset on the ocean.
Travel tips: Visiting for the Qingdao International Beer Festival is a great idea for the month of August. You will surely enjoy the bottomless beer as well as the entire city. However, you need to be cautious. In addition, keep in mind some of these tips. The Chinese people are very welcoming and generous especially in parties such as the festival. If you are a tourist, you are more likely to be invited and treated many beers from strangers. If you want to take their offers, go ahead! It is the best time for you to get to know the Chinese people. However, be sure to give in return and buy your new friends a round. The best time to go to the festival is on weekdays when the crowds are fewer. Also, eat well when you drink. You can buy chuanr or meat on a stick and other Chinese food around the festival.
The Qingdao International Beer Festival uses beer as a way to promote economic-cultural exchanges and friendship between the people of the city and others from around the world. It also promotes the city to the world. This is a great time for you and your friends to meet new people and taste some of the most delicious beers in the world.