China’s Ultimate Fighting Crickets

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Above, the Cricket Cottage in Qibao Ancient Town, a museum devoted to the long history of the fighting insect.


Cricket fighting has long been a means of gambling, which is strictly forbidden in China. It is not uncommon for cricket-fighting dens to be raided by police. But on a street in the old part of Shanghai, people congregrate and let their insects duke it out. Money quickly exchanges hands and tempers flare.

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