Crickets, get ready to fight!

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Cricket-fighting is a popular pastime in China, more than 1,000 years old. The two months after liqiu is a peak fighting season. 
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Cricket-fighting is a popular pastime in China, more than 1,000 years old. The two months after liqiu, which fell on August 8 this year, is a peak fighting season. Liqiu literally means “autumn begins" in Chinese. 

Crickets, get ready to fight!
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A cricket fan scrutinizes a cricket in a bird and flower market on Xizang Road.

Crickets, get ready to fight!
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Crickets, get ready to fight!
Dong Jun / SHINE

The sport of cricket fighting is a national obsession in China dating from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.). 

Crickets, get ready to fight!
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Crickets on sale at the market

Crickets, get ready to fight!
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Crickets, get ready to fight!
Dong Jun / SHINE
Crickets, get ready to fight!
Dong Jun / SHINE

The "bug economy" usually booms from September to early November in the city, 

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