Qingdao International Beer Festival (青岛国际啤酒节):Sometimes referred to as Asia’s Oktoberfest, festivities usually begin the second weekend in August with a Grand Opening Ceremony on Saturday, preceded by an Opening Ceremony Concert on Friday night at TianTai Stadium. It concludes with a “Cheers to the World” (GānBēi 干杯) and Closing Ceremony.
If you intend on making it a family event, go early in the morning or get there in the late afternoon and leave before dark to go enjoy the sunset at Shilaoren Beach. The Qingdao International Beer Festival (青岛国际啤酒节) “real” party starts after the sun goes down, with heavy drinking and the inevitable … drunken participants.
While the 200+ year old Munich Oktoberfest primarily focuses on local breweries, the Qingdao International Beer Festival (青岛国际啤酒节) is open to both Chinese and foreign brew masters. Since its inauguration, more than 200 beer brands from all over the world have successfully participated. The Beer Fest lasts for 16 days with themed events in an amusement park setting located at TsingTao Beer Passion Square (Century Plaza) in Qingdao’s Laoshan District. Qingdao is China's largest beer production base and the Beer Festival provides a great opportunity to show-off the city's distinctiveness.
Qingdao Beer Festival History:
The festival began as the celebration of Qingdao’s 100th Birthday in 1991. Over the years it has changed location several times and evolved to become Asia’s largest beer festival. The original celebrations were held at ZhongShan Park and over the years subsequently held at HuiQuan Square across from ZhongShan Park, Qingdao International Beer City, and now Century Plaza (崂山区世纪广场-青岛).
2014 Qingdao International Beer Festival (第24届青岛国际啤酒节2014):
The Asian Oktoberfest is scheduled from August 16th through the 31st, with regularly scheduled events taking place at TsingTao Beer Passion Square (Century Plaza) in Laoshan District, kicks off with a Grand Opening Ceremony and Parade at Qingdao Century Plaza on August 16th, 2014. The traditional “Qingdao 'GānBēi' with the World (青岛和世界干杯)” should happen on Saturday evening, August 30th, followed by the closing ceremony on the 31st.
Qingdao Century Plaza (TsingTao Beer Passion Square) Admission:
- 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.
Laoshan District Ticket Center: 29 Mei Ling East Road, North Building, Room 316.
For more information call: +86 (532) 8889-8935.
Popular Attractions in Qingdao:
Mount Lao: China's most famous coastal mountain range scenic area and one of the "cradles of Taoism".
May Fourth Square: Monument in memory of China's May Fourth Movement.
Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center: Home of the 2008 Sailing Olympic Regattas.
Zhongshan Park: One of Qingdao's most beautiful parks and home to the first beer fest.
Zhanshan Temple: Active Buddhist monastery & temple located in downtown Qingdao city.
St. Michael's Cathedral: One of Old Town's gems and a popular place for wedding photos.
Popular hotels close to Tsingtao Beer Passion Square (Qingdao Century Plaza):
Hyatt Regency: 88 DongHai East Rd. 青岛鲁商凯悦酒店,东海东路88号,中国山东省青岛市崂山区, .
Kilin Crown Hotel: 197 XiangGang East Rd. 麒麟皇冠大酒店,香港东路197号,中国山东省青岛市崂山区.
Sophia Int. Hotel: 217 XiangGang East Rd. 索菲亚国际酒店, 香港东路217号,中国山东省青岛市崂山区.
SPR Hotel: 316 XianGang East Rd. 弄海园酒店,香港东路316号,中国山东省青岛市崂山区.
Blue Horizon Hotel: 18 QinLing Rd. 蓝海大饭店,秦岭路18号,中国山东省青岛市崂山区.
Home Inn: 33 XianXiaLing Rd. 如家快捷酒店(青岛香港中路店),仙霞岭路33号,中国山东省青岛市崂山区.