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Shanghai or Seoul for a December holiday?

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Family of four (mum mid-50s, with 3 20something kids) planning a late December vacation in East Asia here.

We only have a few days (5-7 days), and because of scheduling/flights etc. it looks to be between Shanghai and Seoul. (I've always wanted to visit Japan, but thought that we should save that for a longer time when we can go to Tokyo, Kyoto and possibly Hokkaido as well.)

What are the pros and cons of each? As far as I can tell, Shanghai is possibly a cheaper/more accessible option, but Seoul has possibly better shopping, can visit the DMZ, and there's a possibility there of daytrips to snow covered scenery?

We like shopping (clothes, various assorted knick knacks like Asian style slippers), trying all kinds of FOOD (!!) - both cities have the famous Din Tai Fung which my friends who have visited LA have talked longingly about, and general sight-seeing - possibly contemporary Asian art (?), and scenic style views (just thinking about some national parks in S Korea, or if Shanghai - possible day trips to Suzhou or Nanking - is that even possible?

We're not too hot on huge temple complexes - though may visit one. Not too big on parties/clubs as well. None of us have even rudimentary Chinese/Korean but we're pretty independent and can hopefully manage language barriers.

What do people recommend?

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