Have you been to the beach in China? Want to experience German flair in a Chinese city and taste a nice cold beer? Then you should for sure take a flight to Qingdao and visit this beautiful city! Especially in August Qingdao is worth to visit as the city holds every year its international beer festival. Visit the Qingdao beer festival during your travel in China and taste the original Qingdao beer!

Qingdao which means “Green Island” in Chinese is located in the southeastern part of Shangdong Province and borders by the Yellow Sea on two sides. In a short distance across the Yellow Sea lie Korea and Japan. This makes the city an import port for international trade. It is planned that by 2020 the Qingdao port should become the biggest port in the world.

As the city lies at the sea there are a lot of seafood dishes with distinctive flavors. Don’t forget to try some, when you visit the city. Moreover the city has the largest bathing beach in Asia and with its red roofs, green trees, blue sea, clear and blue sky it attracts many visitors from all over the world. Sometimes the city is known as the Switzerland of the Orient.

Up to 1949 the city was a colony of Germany and Japan. Therefore it has a great deal of European architecture which has been preserved until today and gives the city a certain charm. There are a lot of sights to see in this city like the Old Town (former concession area) with the train and bus station, historic architecture, parks, museums and of course the beaches.

The German not only had an impact on the architecture of the city but also build up a brewery which today is called Tsingtao Brewery. The beer made here, is very famous and is exported all over the world. Every year there is the International Beer Festival held in this city which attracts a lot of tourists and local people. The festival is sponsored by the city in order to develop the local tourism. Besides the International Beer Festival there are other festivals like the International Sea Festival, the Beach Culture Festival, the Sea Affection Festival and the Summer of Qingdao Festival.

The Qingdao International Beer festival is held every year starting in the second weekend of August. It is the largest beer festival in Asia and starts with a grand opening ceremony which is followed by beer tasting, drinking competitions etc. It lasts for two weeks and ends up with the final ceremony.

A lot of international breweries from all over the world are present at the festival and there is a lot of Chinese and Western food and all kinds of music.

This year’s International Beer Festival theme is “Qingdao China, A Beautiful Dream!” and takes place from August 10th until 25th. The Grand opening is on August 9th at 9.30pm.


Ticket price:

10 RMB (09:00 – 15:00) — ticket sales begin at 8:30am.
20 RMB (15:00 – 22:30) — tickets sold until 22:30 on Friday & Saturday; 22:00 Sunday – Thursday.

Remember Qingdao’s International Beer Festival starts soon. Don’t miss it and visit the beautiful city at the sea during your travel in China and try the famous Tsingtao beer.  Ganbei!

Jack Li

1 Response » to “Qingdao and the International Beer Festival”

  1. Puru says:

    I really like the way you have written your blog. This international beer festival really seems to be of great fun and experince. Well its good to know about such festival in neighbouging nation china. Hope we could manage to make a visit.

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