Man Zhiguo is checking in on his 70 prizefighters.

He's been raising and fighting crickets for over 40 years and some of his most valuable insects are worth around $1,500 U. S. dollars apiece.

Which could get expensive, because crickets have a lifespan of about only 100 days.

SOUNDBITE: Man Zhiguo, cricket collector, saying (Mandarin):

"I raise crickets as a hobby because I admire their positive spirit. They never admit defeat, they have a fighting spirit. So we all like them."

Not unlike boxers, these fighters are fed a high protein diet and are "trained" for competition.

And after the weigh-in it's time for the first matches.

The insects take a bit of coaxing, but they're soon locked in fierce battle.

Each team was allowed to have 35 crickets and after two days of battle, Man's insects won all their bouts - not enough for his team to take the trophy, but certainly something to chirp about.

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