China's first beer museum takes its subject very seriously. "Tsingtao beer culture," intones a guide, "is a paragon succeeding in integrating Eastern and Western culture." At the World of Tsingtao, tel: (86-532) 383 3437, who can argue? Located in the Yellow Sea port from which it takes its name, the museum at China's best-known brewery contains two-dozen exhibits that bear titles like "Mystic Yeast." The Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 gets a display, as does a 4,000-year-old Sumerian hymn to Ninkasi, the goddess of brewing. Better still, the guide promises that at the tour's final stop, "visitors can sample all...
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