A 10 days long beer festival, organized in an extremely nice way, in a city less than 1 hour driving from Shanghai, well connect by train and buses (a spectacular train station!!). Visiting Kunshan, 昆山, beer festival was a good experience!
I just got a little taste of the festival and of the beer because of a typical Chinese behavior: the party for them is over around 21-22 o’clock!! Since I arrived at Kunshan around 23, I noticed that I was the only person entering the festival area, while there was already a continue stream of Chinese people walking outside!
True that most of the areas were still counting several foreigners, but my friend was together with Chinese people as well, so we did not stay long. In the short time I manage thought to taste good original German beer (my German friend had a table in the German tent!), had a couple of apple liquor shots, dance German music (played by German band directly from Baviera) with happy Chinese business men and pretty waitresses and exchange contacts for future connections.
Also, we went home with “a few” of the typical beer mugs from the festival. Ulrich, my friend, extended his collection (now he got around 10 different every year!) and I started mine, hoping to get new ones next year!!
FUNNY THING OF THE DAY – One very important aspect of Chinese life is:
relation / relationship / to concern / to affect / to have to do with / relations / guanxi
The relationship intended as with people of any kind, from friendship to business, but important always is to eastablish a connection, even with people just met. That is why it is so important in China to have business or name cards. And I got them now (I’ll write soon about it as well 😉 ).