Qingdao: The 2009 Bar Festival will kick off at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center in Shandong province on August 15.
The annual event, which started in 1998, has spurred the development of local tourism, promoting the local bar industry with more than 400 relevant enterprises, compared with 20 a decade ago. The popular sector has entered a stage of all-round development thanks to the festival, according to festival organizers.
A series of themed events will be held at the seven-day festival, including Cocktail Night, Night of Rock and Roll and Fantasy Night, Bar Festival organizers announced.
The Festival aims at tapping the cultural content of bars and building the city brand, as well as enhancing the regional economy, organizers said.
Editor Li Jing
By Wang Xiantao (China Daily Shandong Bureau)