This post is dedicated to the little critters of China. They might be small, but they also call this place home. Critters like the ones pictured to the left are sold in many markets. As you can see, one stand sold newts, fish, and miniature turtles in small decorative toy-like containers. I have to assume that the animals don’t live too long in a setting like this one, but they look very cute to small children who are visiting the market with their parents. It made me sad to see newts like Mina (my wonderful late pet) in such inadequate containers. The other day I saw a man walking through lanes of traffic carrying items for sale: in one hand, cell phone chargers, and in the other hand, a live turtle. And sometimes bigger animals are sold in a similar inhumane fashion, such as the chicks in the photo on the right. I think these ones won’t be raised to live on farms. They’ll more likely be toddler toys until they grow out of their cute phase.
The most interesting insect obsession here is the Chinese love of crickets. To others, crickets are an annoyance, but Chinese people view their singing as a sign of power, and they are supposed to bring good luck to the home. People even strap little cricket cages to their shirts, wearing them close to the heart.
Many insects live peacefully in China, away from human cages. I’ve been really intrigued by all of the colorful varieties. There is no safari here in China like I experienced last summer in Southern Africa, but I have seen a rainbow of bugs: