Definitely go to Beijing, if you are just coming as a tourist and you must pick only one, Beijing os overwhelmingly the right choice. When it comes to tourist sites, food, shopping, and nightlife, Beijing has everything Shanghai has, and more
Originally Posted by lurker
People in Beijing are more arrogant and insular than the Shanghaiese. Pollution is really bad in Beijing. Food and shopping are better in Shanghai. Shanghai is a really safe city though.
This is funny as I think people from Shanghai are far more arrogant and definitely more insular (that is not a word I've ever seen used about people from Beijing). Saying Shanghai's safe is kind of weird, Beijing is just as safe, and actually, probably safer. The food on offer in Beijing is much better than Shanghai, at least when talking about Chinese food, when it comes to Western food, Beijing still doesn't have a strong enough answer to Laris and Jade on 36, but other than high-end, its pretty equal.
Originally Posted by LabelKing
Shanghai is much better for shopping and colonial architecture--
I don't understand this idea that seem perpetrated in many places that Shanghai has better shopping than Beijing. If comparing brands and boutiques, its a wash. If you go mall-for-mall, I think Beijing wins out easily. Shanghai does have more branches of HK tailors, both good (Chan) and bad (Fit Well), but Beijing also has a few decent tailors of its own.