I'm hoping to intern with a planning department, development corporation, or ngo in China next summer  and was wondering if the members of this forum might have any advice as to what location would better benefit someone with a background in architecture (B.Arch and taking the AREs now) who is currently in graduate school for planning with the goal of working in community development in the future.
I happen to have connections in the city of Harbin (far northern China where the trans-siberian rr used to terminate) and was researching their city planning department when one of my contacts suggested I would gain more educationally and professionally by going for an internship in one of the larger cities (more problems.. or at least more complex.. with more connections etc. was the logic) such as Shanghai or Beijing.
What do y'all think? I'm only 24 so I've a ways to go professionally and all.