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. 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, dancing, 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 accross from the convention center. Qingdao is the largest beer production base in China 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, Century Plaza (崂山区世纪广场-青岛), and now WanRen Square (万人广场) at Golden Sands Beach (金沙滩).
2016 Qingdao International Beer Festival (第26届青岛国际啤酒节2016):
The Asian Oktoberfest is tentatively scheduled to start early August 2016 (west venue) at Golden Sands Beach WanRen Square (万人广场) in Huangdao District and mid August 2016 (east venue) at Century Plaza (崂山区世纪广场-青岛) in Laoshan District, with regularly scheduled events taking place. The 2016 beer festival will tentivily kick off with a grand opening concert and laser light show at Golden Sands Beach. The traditional “Qingdao 'GānBēi' with the World (青岛和世界干杯)” closes the festivities on the last Saturday of the event.
Qingdao International Beer Festival 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.
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 Golden Sands Beach WanRen Square (万人广场):
Hilton Qingdao Golden Beach: 1 JiaLingJiang East Road 青岛金沙滩希尔顿酒店, 中国山东省青岛市黄岛开发区, 嘉陵江东路1号.
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.