Hong Kong's Oktoberfest (Oct. 21-Nov.12)

The thriving expat community in Hong Kong has done a fine job -- for 19 years now -- of importing lederhosen and sauerkraut for a waterfront Oktoberfest at the beginning of each November, sponsored by the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST001592" title="Marco Polo" href="/topic/arts-culture/marco-polo-PEHST001592.topic">Marco Polo</a> Hongkong Hotel. This year will be especially festive, as the Marco Polo German Bierfest celebrates its 20th anniversary. Expect three straight weeks of lively debauchery (last year, nearly 40,000 guests crammed into the traditional tent for live music and pork knuckles). The real question isn't whether or not you should go. It's "How many 1-liter beer steins can I fit in my suitcase home?"
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( Alan Solomon/Chicago Tribune )

The thriving expat community in Hong Kong has done a fine job -- for 19 years now -- of importing lederhosen and sauerkraut for a waterfront Oktoberfest at the beginning of each November, sponsored by the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel. This year will be especially festive, as the Marco Polo German Bierfest celebrates its 20th anniversary. Expect three straight weeks of lively debauchery (last year, nearly 40,000 guests crammed into the traditional tent for live music and pork knuckles). The real question isn't whether or not you should go. It's "How many 1-liter beer steins can I fit in my suitcase home?"

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