China Bird & Insect Market (万商花鸟市场)

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Oscar Tarneberg

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One of the few remaining traditional markets, this location allows a glimpse into the real Old Shanghai: a more traditional Chinese one. Here you will find crickets for sale in small plastic containers or, more commonly, wicker baskets, as well as birds in cages and fish and turtles in tanks. The resulting cacophony of sounds is unique. Crickets traditionally bring good luck, but they are also used for gambling. If you’re lucky you might sneak a peek of a cricket fight out the back.

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