Yesterday on my way home a saw an advertisement for the Beijing Oktoberfest 2013. So, I thought I would write a quick post about it to keep you up to date. The first official Munich Oktoberfest will be held at Beijing’s Olympic Park Sep 6-21. You can expect entertainment, food, and beer, lots and lots of beer.
According to The Beijinger, “The 15-day event will cover 70,000 square meters divided into four tents, each focusing on different aspects of the main Munich festival: festival history, games and traditional Oktoberfest fashion, food, and of course, beer. Grounds will be open Monday through Friday, 2-11 pm and Saturday and Sunday 11 am to midnight.”
Logistics of the Beijing Oktoberfest
The easiest way to get there is by subway. The Beijing Olympic Park is on subway line 8 (see picture below). If you don’t like the crowded subway then you can take a taxi. You can tell the taxi driver: 北京奧林匹克公園 (Běijīng àolínpǐkè gōngyuán) and the driver should know the location.
The taxi should cost about 30-40 RMB if you are within the 2nd ring road. I have been to the Olympic Park a few times for different events and I can tell you the area is fairly large but with that said I would expect massive crowds, especially on the weekends. If you plan on going try to go on a weeknight because I fear the weekends will be madness.
Final Thoughts on the Beijing Oktoberfest
I don’t drink alcohol anymore but that doesn’t mean I can’t share exciting events with my readers. I probably will not attend the event but for those of you who like good beer be sure to check it out and let me know if it was worthwhile.
I could not find the company that is hosting the event, so I can’t tell you how well it will be organized. I hope they plan ahead and they make the Beijing Oktoberfest 2013 a success.