Oktoberfest VS Qingdao International Beer Festival

On April 26, 2013, in China Travel Gossip, Cool Places, Festivals, Shandong, by Sandy Li

You call yourself beer lovers? Then you are not supposed to be unfamiliar with Oktoberfest, which is the largest folk festival in the world, held annually in Munich, Germany. This festival in the theme of beer begins in September on a Saturday three weeks before the first Sunday of October and always includes October 3rd, […]

You call yourself beer lovers? Then you are not supposed to be unfamiliar with Oktoberfest, which is the largest folk festival in the world, held annually in Munich, Germany. This festival in the theme of beer begins in SeptemberQingdao International Beer Festival on a Saturday three weeks before the first Sunday of October and always includes October 3rd, German Unity Day. It’s believed by millions of persons that Oktoberfest is the perfect celebration to observe timeless traditions, meet people from all over the world, immerse yourself in new cultures, and eat, drink, and be merry in true Bavarian style. Although beer appears to be the main event of Oktoberfest, lots of visitors come for the many other attractions. If giant Ferris wheels, old-fashioned carousels, and wild roller coasters make your heart swoon, then Oktoberfest holds endless delights for you. Children particularly love the rides with fairytale heroes and spooky ghost trains.

Oktoberfest is indeed an amazing beer gala for us, but maybe it’s not so realistic to stay in Germany all year round if we’re not German citizens. Well, good news is that if you plan a China tour, the Qingdao International Beer Festival will give you a brand new experience of oriental beers and festivals. Let’s dig out more information about this Chinese first and biggest beer festival:

Q: Compared to Oktoberfest, what’s so special about Qingdao Beer Festival?

A: Qingdao is the largest beer production base in China and the Beer Festival provides a great opportunity to show-off the city’s unique characteristics. With its first beer festival taken place in 1991, Qingdao International Beer Festival is the largest beer festival in Asia with international breweries from all over the globe. It is now held once a year on the second weekend of August, and lasts for 16 days. As one of the most important festivals of China, it has a worldwide reputation and attracts millions of people to take part every year. In April of 2006 the festival was praised as the No.1 on the board of “Top Ten Festivals in China” in the Exhibition and Conference Annual Meeting of China.

The slogan for the Festival reads: “Qingdao-Ganbei (bottoms up) with the World!”, indicating the scale of the event. While the 195-year-old Munich Oktoberfest primarily focuses on local breweries, the Qingdao International Beer Festival is open to both Chinese and foreign groups. More than 100 beer brands from all over the world have successfully participated at the event over the past 22 years.

Q: Where to drink?

A: At Qingdao International Beer Town (No.195, Hong Kong East Road). The festival begins with the openingQingdao International Beer Festival ceremony in this town, followed by 16 days of beer tasting, evening entertainment and drinking competitions, concluding with the final ceremony from the second weekend of August. The area also contains a number of shops and restaurants, catering for a variety of tastes. In 2006, two other venues were added in an attempt to bring the celebrations to a wider audience. One is the Huiquan Plaza with beer tents and activities and the other is Dengzhoulu Beer Street where the Qingdao Beer Museum is located.

Q: Anything to do other than drink?

A: Absolutely! Every year during the festival, daily performances are given at the Beer Town’s Center Theatre, where colorful fountains, hi-tech laser shows and dramatic audio effects wow audiences. However, performances are not strictly limited to the town, with 200 such events taking place across the city. Whether walking on the roads, shopping in the local stores or even when catching a ride in a taxi, you will constantly hear people talking about the festival. It’s highly recommended that you sample the buzz on its streets for yourself. And it’s obvious to see that after 22 years of development, the Qingdao Beer Festival has become part of local people’s daily lives. The Beer Town is divided into north and south parts, respectively for comprehensive and entertainment uses. A big amusement park has been built up. There is a big square in the town, which is the permanent venue for the festival.

Q: How to participate?

A: Just take a Shangdong flights and come! Isn’t it simple?

RIGHT! Just come! You are always welcome in Qingdao!

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The Badaguan Convalescence Area

On September 2, 2011, in Historical Relics, More Cities, Parks & Gardens, Qingdao, by Jack Li

The Badaguan Convalescence Area is located in the eastern Huiquan District of Qingdao in Shandong Province. It is one of the most renowned convalescence areas of China. The region consists of ten beautiful avenue and the buildings alongside. Each avenue is named after a famous Chinese pass. That is why the area is called “Badaguan” […]

The Badaguan Convalescence Area is located in the eastern Huiquan District of Qingdao in Shandong Province. It is one of the most renowned convalescence areas of China. The region consists of ten beautiful avenue and the buildings alongside. Each avenue is named after a famous Chinese pass. That is why the area is called “Badaguan” literally means “eight great passes”). It used to be a villa zone where many bureaucrat capitalists lived during the Republican period of China. After the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, government renovated it and changed it into a convalescence area. Many Chinese and foreign political leaders have visited here before.

The Badaguan Convalescence Area is like a large garden. You can see trees and flowers everywhere. Elegant villas are dotted among them. The border trees planted along each avenue in the area are different. The Shaoguan Avenue is decorated by Peach trees, while the Zhengyangguan Avenue is a paradise of Crape Myrtle Trees. Because different border trees have different flower seasons, visitors can enjoy beautiful sceneries no matter when they visit the area. Recently, a great many peach trees are planted in the northeast corner of the area, and form a small forest. It is a very nice place for jogging and having picnics. Since many lovers chose it as their rendezvous, the peach forest is also known as “the Corner of Love”.

All the buildings in the Badaguan Convalescene are one of a kind. You can find buildings with the architectural style of Russia, Great Britain, France, German, Denmark, Spain, Greece, Japan, Sweden, and America in the area. No wonder local people regard it a display of buildings all over the world. In the west part of it, there is a simple but elegant American style building, the Haidong Restaurant. Next to the Second Bathing Beach, you can see a typical Chinese style building, the Huiquan Hall. Because the architectures there are very unique and delicate, many directors choose this place as settings for their movie. Many Chinese singers shoot their MTV there, too. The quiet and fancy Badaguan Convalescence Area is a must visit attraction in Qingdao.

The Badaguan Convalescene Area Attraction

The Huashi Villa

The Second Bathing Beach

The Princess’ House and the Songs’ Garden

The Diaoyutai Villa of Qingdao

The Badaguan Convalescene Area Story

The Slabs in front of the Huashi Villa

There are two different slabs in front of the Huashi Villa. One of them is a granite stone slab set by the Administration of Cultural Heritage of Qingdao on July the 27th, 1984. It says that the Huashi Villa was built by Germen in 1903, and rates it as municipal cultural relic’s protection units. But the other slab tells a different story. The slab was made of stainless steel, and placed there by the Tourist Administration of Qingdao in June, 1997. The slab says that the Huashi Villa is built between 1930 and 1931 by a Russian nobleman. Archaeologist and historians today are still arguing about the exact date and builder of the villa.

Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion

On March 28, 2011, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion When talking of China, one of the words that firstly come into your mind maybe Confucius (551~479BC). Confucianism embodies the Chinese spirit and is one of the world’s classic and most widespread philosophies, and Confucius is definitely one of China’s greatest persons. Thus during your […]

Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion
When talking of China, one of the words that firstly come into your mind maybe Confucius (551~479BC). Confucianism embodies the Chinese spirit and is one of the world’s classic and most widespread philosophies, and Confucius is definitely one of China’s greatest persons. Thus during your China Travel, besides obligatory Beijing Tours, Qufu — Hometown of Confucius is also a fantastic destination.

Qufu in Shandong is the hometown of Confucius (551~479BC) who is a great thinker, states man and educator in China’s history, and founder of the Confucian school of philosophy, which is the ideological root of all varieties of Chinese culture. Its position in the making of Chinese nationality and culture is never surpassed for 2000 years. Qufu, admired by all rulers and intellectuals in history, has numerous cultural sites, among which the most famed are Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Masion.

The Confucian Temple is in the center of Qufu City. It was built in 478 BC. There are still 466 halls, pavilions and other rooms intact, covering a total area of 21.8 hectares. Repeated improvement and expansion has turned the temple into a palatial complex with nine rows of courtyards.

The Great Accomplishment Hall, the major structure of the temple, is 33 meters tall. It is roofed with yellow glazed tiles and has octagonal eaves. The front 10 columns are carved with dragons. In addition to a statue of Confucius, the hall has also houses stone inscription of the Ming Dynasty, which tells the life story of Confucius in 120 pictures, as well as a great deal of stone tablets.

The Confucian Family Mansion, right next to the Confucian Temple, was the residence of Confucius’ descendants and also the residence just next to the imperial palace in scale. It covers 16 hectares with 463 rooms. The family mansion now houses a large number of documents, files and cultural relics.

The color of the roof tiles of the mansion is elegant gray. The front part of the mansion is the Office Quarter, while the rear quarter is the family residence and garden. The mansion is famous for not only the numerable cultural treasures but also the Kong Family’s Mansion Banquet, which it is said, follows a menu with quite a few imperial dishes for emperor.

The Confucian Cemetery, occupying more than 200 hectares, has served as the family graveyard of Confucius and his descendants for more than 2300 years.

Cemetery of Confucius is situated in the suburb north of Kong Family Mansion. It is the largest artificial cemetery in China, with a perimeter of over a dozen kilometers. It is also the most intact and the oldest survivor of family graveyards.

Together, the Confucian Temple, Confucian Family Mansion and Cemetery were inscribed in World Heritage List in 1994.

There is a popular saying in China that “South China raise talents while North China creates Saints”. It is absolutely true indeed. The  saints from north include Confucius, Mencius, Kong Ji, Zeng Shen, and Duke of Zhou, who were all came from Qufu, Shandong Province.

If you are interested in such  Chinese cultural attraction, please book your China Flights and come to Qufu.

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