Qingdao Beer Festival

Qingdao Beer Festival: Address, Qingdao Beer Festival Reviews: 3.5/5

Qingdao Beer Festival
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PJ N
By PJ N
Boring, stinky, sad, sad festival...
Aug 2018
We didn't expect much, and this place didn't even meet our low expectations. It smelled like feces throughout, the "beach" (what used to be a beach) is disgusting and trash-ridden due to the Chinese's complete disregard for the environment, nature, and beaches in-particular. There are no "nice" Chinese beaches, we've found. There are no natural Chinese beaches; they've all been built up with condos or concrete walkways to keep uneducated Chinese coast-goers from jumping into the water or getting too sandy for comfort. The festival itself was an underwhelming, uninspiring spectacle. No music! Tents either had Chinese marketers and auctioneers screaming into way-too-loud microphones, or they were broadcasting movies (World of Warcraft was on in one tent and people were drinking a beer and watching), all the servers were on their phones. Floors are littered with trash, tables are filthy, workers were still "preparing" (although the festival was entering week three), and some were sleeping in the shady areas outside the tents. I don't know how anyone can have fun when people are working so hard around them, or sleeping after slaving away in the sun all morning. The feces smell throughout the festival was what did us in... we tried to go into a couple of tents, the best of which was the Hofbrau tent, but most of them either inside or around smelled like feces. I couldn't even stomach a beer, let alone enjoy one! No English spoken anywhere, so if you don't speak Chinese beware.

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Olga
Nantong, China8 contributions
For good beer and barbecue come here
Aug 2020 • Couples
The festival is located over the golden beach, the area is large. Passage to the territory was free, but under the control measures of the coronavirus , there were many checks (QR, temperature check etc). There were relatively not a lot of people in compare with past years, fact which was very nice actually, there was no need to wait in long lines at all. Imported beer - a bottle of 0.3 liters - 30 rmb; local beer 1 l - 80 rmb and hundreds of different brands. Street food everywhere (Chinese kebabs, crayfish, see food etc). We bought 2 big lamb skewers + 1 squid for 50 rmb. I wanted German sausages and mashed potatoes, but we are in China😂. There is an entertainment program for every taste (dancing, boxing, games). There is a children's area also with attractions. In general, my husband and I liked it! If you like to combine beer and holidays then you are here, the impressions will be very good.
Written 12 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

PJ N
Beijing, China16 contributions
Boring, stinky, sad, sad festival...
Aug 2018
We didn't expect much, and this place didn't even meet our low expectations. It smelled like feces throughout, the "beach" (what used to be a beach) is disgusting and trash-ridden due to the Chinese's complete disregard for the environment, nature, and beaches in-particular. There are no "nice" Chinese beaches, we've found. There are no natural Chinese beaches; they've all been built up with condos or concrete walkways to keep uneducated Chinese coast-goers from jumping into the water or getting too sandy for comfort.

The festival itself was an underwhelming, uninspiring spectacle. No music! Tents either had Chinese marketers and auctioneers screaming into way-too-loud microphones, or they were broadcasting movies (World of Warcraft was on in one tent and people were drinking a beer and watching), all the servers were on their phones. Floors are littered with trash, tables are filthy, workers were still "preparing" (although the festival was entering week three), and some were sleeping in the shady areas outside the tents. I don't know how anyone can have fun when people are working so hard around them, or sleeping after slaving away in the sun all morning.

The feces smell throughout the festival was what did us in... we tried to go into a couple of tents, the best of which was the Hofbrau tent, but most of them either inside or around smelled like feces. I couldn't even stomach a beer, let alone enjoy one!

No English spoken anywhere, so if you don't speak Chinese beware.
Written 20 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jontravels2021
Lima, Peru211 contributions
Chinese Oktoberfest... in August! :)
Aug 2017 • Friends
So there is a Beer Festival in Qingdao, touted to rival the one in Munich. While it isn't necessarily the same, the venue is great! Really built to handle this festival. Everything, lookswise, is German styled. Go after 4pm. We arrive early, and the place was a ghost town. At night though, EVERYTHING is lit up like the Northern Lights. Really impressive. If in China, definitely a must do if you can make it in the area by August. The beers are kind of pricey, but admission is just around 1-2 USD. Go with some friends, check out all the tents and enjoy the beers! (there are plenty of entertainment in the tents as well - singers, dancing, acrobatics, etc...)
Written 19 August 2017
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Laxiaozi08200912
Beijing, China1,277 contributions
I bet this is one of the best festivals/events to go!! Oct 2011
May 2016 • Solo
We went there during the aftermath of the event, it was amazing overall because of the atmosphere...still lots of avid fans enjoying there beer while at the event!!)) You can expect to get at least one full cup of freshly brewed beer for you to try! That's amazing!
Written 2 April 2017
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Allison Audrey B
Gold Coast, Australia74 contributions
Amazing
Aug 2016
The beer festival is amazing. We went to the main part near the Hilton hotel.
So many different countries were represented. The best, most pumping tent was of course the Tsingtao tent.
We really enjoyed the Australian tent. It was a great taste of home with meat pies, legs of lamb and coopers.
We have been to many beer festivals around the world and this was one of the best.
We saw previous reviews of people vomiting and going to the toilet in public. We saw none of that except for little kids which is the norm here.
Also no fights whatsoever- everyone was in a great mood at every tent, having cheers (ganbei) and eating food.
Food- everything is on a stick and it's pretty much mystery meat. We ate at the Aussie tent because we recognised the food and the Aussie boys running it were great.
I know it's a beer festival but it would have been nice to have a cider of wine option.
Beer prices vary but at the Tsingtao tent we paid 100rmb for a 1.25L jug.
If you don't speak mandarin it's no problem. People around us helped us to order if the waitress didn't understand.
Written 14 October 2016
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CanardoBKK
Bangkok, Thailand239 contributions
It is big, but do not expect too much...
Aug 2016
It is not like Oktoberfest, just a pearl chain of big tents with stages and seatings on benches.

It is fun in a way and worth to visit once, but not worth to come to Qingdao only for that.

(I have been to the closer one to Qingdao, but I was told there is another, a bigger one about 100km away.)
Written 18 August 2016
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Aspie44
198 contributions
Not only for beer lovers!
Aug 2015 • Business
Pleasantly surprised by the enjoyable evening with my business associates in Qingdao,

Have been visiting on Sunday evening the last day of this 2 weeks festival .

This is an International event futuring multiple very large tents each presenting
One major international beer company.

Go even if you do not drink beer as you will be exposed to a variety of Chinease
Entertainment including music, dance and acrobats.
We have spent 2-3 hours and most likely could have spent more time but left
As work was awaiting the next morning.
Written 31 August 2015
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Claudinhazen
Barcelona, Spain91 contributions
Don't go!!! It's a joke!!
Aug 2014 • Friends
The beer festival at Qingdao is a joke!!
The prices for beer are out of reality, super expensive: 01 litter of beer RMB 100 and 01 small can of beer RMB 50. And Qingdao has a beer factory, so really I don't get how they can have the most expensive beer ever.
The food is also expensive, the meat sticks are not real meat, I really don't know what that was (and I am afraid to know), disgusting.
The place is huge, few people, Chinese song, you have to order beer through waiters... nightmare.
Written 2 September 2014
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Sashalk
South Shields, UK11 contributions
Qingdao international beer festival
Aug 2014 • Friends
What an amazing night. The local people are so friendly offering you food and drink constantly. Great time even with the language barrier, still had great fun dancing and joking. Been many beer festivals and this is one of the best as everyone there is just joining together to have a good time.

Well worth a visit to anybody in Qingdao during the beer festival
Written 17 August 2014
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Walmack
Walworth, NY334 contributions
Once is enough
Aug 2013 • Solo
This is a "been there done that" event. I'm not a big beer drinker, and that is what this is all about. You are charged a cover charge to just get in and have the opportunity to buy beer. Each beer brand has a large tent with entertainment to draw you in hoping you will buy there beer. Everything is loud and insane. Many people are there to get wasted, fights are not uncommon and embarrassing to many of the Chinese that are trying to have a nice experience.
Previous reviewer is correct about the number of guests that are wasted and having trouble with bodily fluids. Line too long at the restroom, hey just go outside. A little too much "Animal House" atmosphere for me. If you are going, go early before everyone gets too wasted.
Written 6 October 2013
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