The Cricket Market

Your next pet? Very economical!

A group of men chat in front of the parakeet cages

Jeff in the cricket market near parakeets

Tiny water dishes for your pet cricket

A cricket vender trying to ignore the strange American taking her picture.

November 28, 2011

The Cricket Market

Want a pet but don’t have room for a dalmatian? Consider a cricket! They don’t take up much room, but they are noisy. Want something more colorful? How about a parakeet?
Last week Jeff and I met for his lunch break at the cricket market. Yes, you read that right. There is a whole cricket market in Shanghai. I brought some cheese sandwiches so we wouldn’t have to waste any time eating. It’s about a 15 minute walk from Jeff’s work. The market is only a few blocks north of us on Xizang Road. We live on Xizang Road, which means Tibet Road. There is enough interest in buying cricket pets that there is a whole market. You enter through an opening at the street, and go back to some little streets filled on both sides with little shops where you can buy crickets, cricket water dishes, cricket cages, parakeets, bird cages, rabbits, fish, turtles, and more crickets.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 06:03:47

    Did you get yourselves a pet cricket?!?! please tell me “yes”.