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China: Beer lovers flock to ‘Asia's Oktoberfest’ in Qingdao03:33

China: Beer lovers flock to ‘Asia's Oktoberfest’ in Qingdao

China, Qingdao
August 1, 2020 at 19:28 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of people flocked to Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province on Friday, to enjoy the 30th International Beer Festival, widely hailed as Asia's Oktoberfest.

Footage shows numerous vendors serving street food and beer at the Golden Sandy Beach with visitors enjoying a cheerful atmosphere and a concert.

Every year, Shandong province hosts the largest beer festival in Asia, featuring over 1,300 types of beer, from over 30 different countries and usually attracting between five and six million visitors.

The coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions have massively affected the number of those attending the event this year, but not the atmosphere.

"As we came to the venue this year, we got an impression that the overall atmosphere is more alive and more enjoyable than in previous years," said Wang Fang, a festival participant.

The festival is expected to run until August 23 with all precautionary measures and with local authorities urging people to wear face masks and adjust to basic hygiene rules.

"Before entering the venue, everyone has to measure body temperature, then show a health code to pass the security check, and wear a mask all the time," explained Zhang Chen, a participant.

Qingdao is a former German colony with strong brewery tradition where the famous Chinese Tsingtao Beer is produced nowadays.

China: Beer lovers flock to ‘Asia's Oktoberfest’ in Qingdao03:33
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Thousands of people flocked to Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province on Friday, to enjoy the 30th International Beer Festival, widely hailed as Asia's Oktoberfest.

Footage shows numerous vendors serving street food and beer at the Golden Sandy Beach with visitors enjoying a cheerful atmosphere and a concert.

Every year, Shandong province hosts the largest beer festival in Asia, featuring over 1,300 types of beer, from over 30 different countries and usually attracting between five and six million visitors.

The coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions have massively affected the number of those attending the event this year, but not the atmosphere.

"As we came to the venue this year, we got an impression that the overall atmosphere is more alive and more enjoyable than in previous years," said Wang Fang, a festival participant.

The festival is expected to run until August 23 with all precautionary measures and with local authorities urging people to wear face masks and adjust to basic hygiene rules.

"Before entering the venue, everyone has to measure body temperature, then show a health code to pass the security check, and wear a mask all the time," explained Zhang Chen, a participant.

Qingdao is a former German colony with strong brewery tradition where the famous Chinese Tsingtao Beer is produced nowadays.

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