The sixth Kunshan International Beer Festival returns later this month. From August 25th to September 5th, the little town of Kunshan will become a beer-drinkers paradise as more than 400,000 people flock to China's third-largest beer fest.
Eight German beer tents will be set up, taking over more than 40,000 square meters. Among them, the “Bräugaudi” ("brewing happiness") gets the most attention. It aims to recreate the genuine atmosphere of Munich’s Oktoberfest by serving up imported Erdinger beers, Bavarian dishes as well as traditional German snacks (sausages and sauerkraut), knee-slapping décor and three live bands’ belting out oompah music. New to this year's event, you can phone ahead and hook up your own roast suckling pig (if that's your thing).
The party starts at 6pm every night and throughout the festival there will be shuttle buses departing from Shanghai Museum at 5pm. Trains to Kunshan also leave Shanghai Railway Station regularly and tickets only cost about RMB15. The last train from Kunshan back to Shanghai is at 11pm transporting you safely back to reality.
It costs RMB15 to get into the festival, but then you have to pay to get into each tent. Prices vary and include different amounts of food and drink. The tent that's been talking to us prices things this way:
Emperor group ticket (reserve in advance): A table for four will set you back RMB900. A table for eight is RMB1,800. Each ticket includes three half-liter beers (one Bräugaudi and two Erdingers), and food.
Bräugaudi individual ticket (reserve in advance or purchase onsite): RMB120 Each ticket includes two half-liter beers (one Bräugaudi and one Erdinger), and two coupons for snacks.
You can book the tickets any time before the event begins or by sending an email to beerevent@sh.China.ahk.de.
What:The Kunshan International Beer Festival
When: August 25, 2010 - September 5, 2010 | 6PM everynight
Where:Kunshan (A 20 minute train-ride from Shanghai)