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China grapples with preserving reminders of Japanese occupation

Architectural and other wonders offer painful reminders but cool selfie backdrops

The two steam engines in front are the only remaining ones that Kawasaki Heavy Industries built in the 1930s for the iconic Asia Express. (Photo by Shin Watanabe)

DALIAN, China -- Last October, Garden No. 61, a seafood restaurant, opened in central Dalian, occupying a decades-old house that exudes a certain charm.

"I knew I was attracted to this place when I first came here," said Li Junpeng, the restaurant's manager. "You very rarely see a building that looks like a villa with a private garden in central Dalian."

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