青岛 Qingdao Invites You to Drink Beer in China|Chinese Culture Blog

青岛 Qingdao Invites You to Drink Beer in China

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 12:03.

The sandy beaches of Qingdao (Chinese character: 青岛, pinyin: Qīngdǎo) are getting ready to host beer enthusiasts from around the world. The Qingdao Beer Festival attracts breweries from all over the globe who wish to share their beverages with festival goers.


 

Serious drinkers and casual imbibers flock to the sunny beaches of China´s Shandong Province (Chinese character: 山东省, pinyin :Shāndōng shěng) to quench their thirst for beer. The best of China´s drinking culture is on display at the largest beer festival in Asia. International breweries feature beers from around the globe including Beck´s from Germany, Carlsberg from Denmark, Heineken from Holland, and of course, China´s own Tsingtao (Chinese character :青岛, pinyin: Qīngdǎo). Before you enter one of the many beer tents be sure you understand “Gan Bei” (Chinese character: 干杯, pinyin:Gānbēi) literally “bottoms up”.

Qingdao Beer Festival has more than just sweet, sweet beer to offer. There is an array of Chinese and Western food to indulge in, parades, beer-drinking competitions, sand sculpture contests, fireworks and if you are feeling good and want to display your singing talents in front of a large crowd, there is also karaoke. The beer festival started in 1991 to celebrate the city´s 100th birthday, and what a way to celebrate!

Qingdao is the perfect place for an idyllic getaway. The city boasts European architecture, has some of the best sunbathing and swimming in China (Shilaoren beach is only a 10 minute walk away) and undoubtedly great beer.

So enjoy the party atmosphere! But don´t forget to buy your new friends a round.

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