Chinese revelers raise a glass or two
The annual Qingdao beer festival has its root in Munich’s ‘Oktoberfest’
Qingdao Beer Festival
Drinking and dancing merge into one at the Qingdao Beer Festival.
Photo: AFP / Fred Dufour
Beer glorious beer flowed in a celebration with Chinese characteristics.
It may be more than a century since the Germans left Qingdao, but the port city still pays tribute to its Bavarian past with an annual “Oktoberfest” … in July and August.
The beer festival is the largest in Asia and attracted more than six million visitors last year.
In a setting of mock Bavarian-style cottages, servers dash to and fro with foaming one-liter, or two-pint, tankards for thirsty revelers.
“It’s very lively. We are all together and the atmosphere is very good,” Guan Xin, an “Oktoberfest” visitor, said after emptying her tankard with a friend.
While there is plenty of beer, there are no grilled sausages – the traditional fare at Munich’s Oktoberfest – just tasty Chinese cuisine.
Of course, the seaside resort is the home of Tsingtao, one of the most popular beers in China. The brewery, in fact, was set up while Qingdao was under German colonial rule between 1898 and 1914.
– reporting AFP