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China's 'Little Kyoto' reboots with North Korean and Russian shops

Japanese touches toned down after critics slammed complex for 'cultural invasion'

A North Korean restaurant is part of a Dalian commercial park previous known as "Tang Little Kyoto," which is reopening under a new name and with purveyors featuring food and products from China, Russia and Mongolia. (Photo by Shin Watanabe)

DALIAN, China -- A shopping and residential complex originally modeled after the streets of Kyoto that angered locals is set to reopen in Dalian on Jan. 23 -- albeit with a markedly less Japanese theme this time around.

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