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It was a wonderful break in an unusual place, half of the city is like living in an old German village complete with very narrow cobbled streets and the other part is ultra modern, very clean and friendly.
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Updated: July 27, 2011 | Clicks: 292
The largest Asian beer festival, Qingdao International Beer Festival, is to begin on August 13, 2011 and will last till August 28. It is an international event combining tourism, culture, and sport, held in the coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong Province.
Qingdao International Beer Festival is also known as a carnival for natives and foreigners. The first festival began on June 23, 1991 and has been held annually ever since. The festival has been an important event held in the tourist season for the last 20 years, beginning on the second weekend of August each year, with a 16-day duration.
The theme of the festival is “Qingdao Cheers the World”, and the major activities of the festival this year are the opening ceremony, tasting beer, a carnival, art tours, a beer-drinking competition, an economic and trade show, and the closing ceremony. The opening ceremony will be held at Tiantai Stadium on Wendeng Road (文登路天泰体育场) and many domestic and international super-stars have been invited to perform at the ceremony. In the festival, visitors can taste beers from all over the world, including the top ten beer brands, including Budweiser, Carlsberg, Heineken, Beck`s, Corona, Kirin, Asahi and Tiger. The annual art parade will be performed by famous bands from Europe, Asia, America and Africa with passionate cachucha, samba, genuine aboriginal dance, and darobokkas. The carnival (which will begin on August 15 this year) in the Beer City is a merry experience both for adults and children. This year, the festival will have a special recreation area for children, and 11 recreational facilities for children will be provided, including the most popular entertainment among children: the windmill.
Qingdao Beer City night scene
The art parade in a former Qingdao International Beer Festival
The carnival pirate ship of a former Qingdao International Beer Festival
What’s more, the 2nd International Circus Festival will also begin on August 13, 2011, and the highlight is the performance of European Royal Circus, which consists of Moscow Circus and Kazakhstan National Circus, including dozens of acrobats and human performers, and many animal performers, such as elephants, black bears, horses, dogs and cats.
The ticket fare is 10 yuan per person before 3pm and 20 yuan per person after 3pm.
Note: Qingdao hotels will be short of the demand during the festival period, so travelers are advised to book hotels as far in advance as possible. China Highlights offers a great number of Qingdao Hotels for your selection.
This Atricle was first posted by Lynn Ye
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Andrew Goodman scored 20 points against Auckland. Photo / Sarah Ivey
Tasman 30 Auckland 28
Tasman have upset Auckland for the second time in three years with a 30-28 win at Trafalgar Park in Nelson tonight, denting Auckland's hopes of an appearance in the final.
Auckland had a chance to force a draw after scoring in the late stages but Gareth Anscombe missed a sideline conversion as Tasman picked up just their second win of the season.
Andrew Goodman scored 20 points for the Makos with a try, three penalties and three conversions as the home side held onto the victory after taking a 10 point lead into the final quarter.
Anscombe, who started on the bench, kicked a penalty to make it a one try game heading into the last 19 minutes and then set up the final try with a chip chased down by Hadleigh Parkes but it was all for nothing.
The two point loss leaves Auckland in fifth on the Premiership table, three points behind leaders Waikato. Auckland's final two games are against Bay of Plenty and Waikato.
Tasman remain in second to last on the Championship table on 11 points.
Tasman 30 (James Marshall, Mark Bright, Andrew Goodman tries; Goodman 3 pen, 3 con) Auckland 28 (Brent Ward, Teddy Stanaway, Hadleigh Parkes tries; Piers Francis pen, 2 con, Gareth Anscombe 2 pen).
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