In Shanghai, it feels like you can find a mall dedicated to almost any merchandise…including crickets.  Cricket fighting is a popular gambling event in Shanghai and, if you want to participate, the Bird & Cricket Market is the place to get started.  Vendors sell much more than just birds & crickets now but the stalls are still full of punters going through little cups, each with a cricket in it, prodding at the insect with a thin piece of bamboo to find the most aggressive ones.

In Shanghai, it feels like you can find a mall dedicated to almost any merchandise…including crickets. Cricket fighting is a popular gambling event in Shanghai and, if you want to participate, the Bird & Cricket Market is the place to get started. Vendors sell much more than just birds & crickets now but the stalls are still full of punters going through little cups, each with a cricket in it, prodding at the insect with a thin piece of bamboo to find the most aggressive ones.

It would be easy to think of the block-by-block demolition of Shanghai’s Old City as a bad thing but, for the residents, I’m not sure. Many of the homes are in very poor condition and the residents share bathrooms, kitchens, and washing facilities. This is an individual tap on a communal sink with a lock attached to prevent others from using it.

It would be easy to think of the block-by-block demolition of Shanghai’s Old City as a bad thing but, for the residents, I’m not sure. Many of the homes are in very poor condition and the residents share bathrooms, kitchens, and washing facilities. This is an individual tap on a communal sink with a lock attached to prevent others from using it.