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Cricket fighting a popular pastime in China

Today's weird sport is cricket fighting. ChinaCulture.org explains the long history of this Chinese tradition

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Enthusiasts watch a cricket fight during a competition in Beijing. Cricket fighting, a Chinese tradition dating back more than a thousand years to imperial times, remains a popular pastime for many men who gather every autumn to watch their insects fight in specially designed glass enclosures.

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Two crickets fight during a competition in Beijing.