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Next generation of cricket fighting

By Yin Xiaohong (People's Daily Online)    17:01, October 27, 2016
Next generation of cricket fighting

During the most recent Golden Week holiday in October, three young fans of cricket fighting initiated the first cricket fighting league. They wish that more people would learn about this traditional Chinese custom, and even hope to establish an association dedicated to cricket fighting.

Cricket fighting dates back to the Song Dynasty, though it was popularized during the Qing Dynasty. Provinces around Shanghai, such as Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui, have cultivated a lot of cricket fighting fans in recent years.

Among the eight teams that participated in the Golden Week matches, over a half the members were under 30; others were older fans, most around over 50 or 60 years old.

Compared with older fans, younger enthusiasts pay more attention to cricket selection, cultivation and fighting skills. Some even travel to Shandong province every August to find high-quality crickets. 

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