The Shanghai Insect Market

Shanghai is a city of immense contrast and you don’t have to go much farther than the Bund area to see those contrasts at their most vivid.

Shanghai's Bund at night

Shanghai’s Bund at night

Here the wide and powerful Hangpu River separates the old colonial part of Shanghai from it’s brash new counterpart Pudong. But if you wander around Shanghai you will find many examples of the locals just doing their thing, quite oblivious to the frenetic activity that characterizes the city.

The Shanghai insect market near Tibet Road (Xizang Lu), close to the Pu’xi old town, is one such example of this…

Tibet Road Insect Market

Tibet Road Insect Market

Quite why anybody would want to buy insects in the first place was lost on me initially, but it seems that many Chinese consider them as good pets, particularly crickets.

In fact there is a long history of them being used in cricket fights, so in true Chinese fashion a market place has developed to buy and trade them.

Crickets for sale at Shanghai Insect Market

Crickets for sale at Shanghai Insect Market

The images on this page were all taken at the impromptu street market on Tibet Road (Xizang Lu) where the crickets and other insects are traded between enthusiasts, and nearby is the pet market which is worth wandering round but probably best avoided if you are an animal lover…

Insects for sale at Tibet Road (Xizang Lu) market

Insects for sale at Tibet Road (Xizang Lu) market

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