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China's 'Little Kyoto' still struggles after toning down Japan theme

New multicultural complex slow to take off despite Dalian's tourism boom

The storefront intended to highlight North Korean culture has yet to open its doors. (Photo by Shin Watabe)

DALIAN, China -- One year after opening, the sprawling commercial complex in Dalian initially dubbed "Little Kyoto" is struggling to find its niche even after significantly playing down its Japanese theme.

Much of the complex, operated by local developer Dalian Shuyuan Group, was empty during a recent visit.

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