A poster over at Metafilter posed the following question under the title “‘shanghaied to beijing’ hurts my brain”:
Help me with my China vacation!
So it looks like my SO and I are taking a week off in April and visiting China. Originally we were going to Shanghai, but it sounds like Beijing would be more ‘Chinese’ and less a big ol’ city. Sound like a good plan?
Any unforgettable sites or ones we won’t mind missing? Since we’re there for a week, what about a day trip somewhere?
Also, what about bespoke suits – you always hear about Thailand and Hong Kong, but can I get the same custom tailoring magic to happen for me in Beijing? It would be nice to leave with some well-done clothing, or have it shipped home to me. Help me out!
The comments that follow (at times) turn into a (very well behaved) Beijing vs. Shanghai debate. After 18 comments, it seems Beijing is winning. We agree with the commenter who suggests the guy visit both cities — it’s really hard to choose one over the other. We would add then that they should additionally take a train ride to the middle of nowhere and spend a couple days there, as well.
One week just isn’t enough time.
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Image of the Beijing vs. Shanghai ice hockey match from beijinghockey.com.