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The Asian Oktoberfest: Qingdao Beer Festival, China - 08/23/2013
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Often referred to as the 'Asian Oktoberfest,' the Qingdao International Beer Festival is the largest festival of its kind anywhere in Asia. Now in its 22nd year, this colossal event celebrates not only the art of brewing (and the resultant joy of drunkenness), but also China's little-known claims to inherited German culture. So under the guise of a cultural investigation , I joined the heaving hoards of Chinese tourists headed to Qingdao's 'Beer City'... to sample the fruits of the nation's Beer Capital. The Beer Capital Qingdao is the unrivalled beer capital of China. This major port city lies around 400 miles south of Beijing, and towards the end of the 19th century it served as Germany’s main stronghold in the East; known back then as 'Tsingtao.' Those colonists built military fortresses, impressive Bavarian churches, and breweries – before being called back to Europe at the outbreak of WWI, as the Fatherland redirected all strength to the conflict in Europe. Nowadays, Qingdao is one of the most European cities you're likely to encounter in Asia: with a rich, diverse atmosphere and a massively multicultural social centre. The architecture – most notably in the old town area – is the very likeness of Bavarian cities such as München or Ravensburg. Qingdao also boasts its own language... of sorts. The term 'Chinglish' is often applied to denote the common misuse of the English language in China – examples I saw for myself included a sign recommending that pedestri...

The Asian Oktoberfest: Qingdao Beer Festival, China



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