Cricket fighting, also called Qiuxing or Dou Cuzhi in Chinese, is a form of entertainment in ancient China. Ancient Chinese played it for seeking fun from the fighting of crickets.
Cricket fighting has a long history in China which can date back to the Tang dynasty (618 – 907A.D.). During the Song dynasty (960 – 1279A.D.), it became a popular form of entertainment. Later, it continued to flourish in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1616-1911).
In order to win, ancient Chinese would feed their crickets with controlled diets to keep them in fighting shape. There were even books taught how to find better crickets, how to diagnose various diseases of crickets.
Yard grass stalks were used to stimulate the crickets to fight. Generally speaking, the whole battle would last only a few minutes. However, for some powerful ones, the fighting would last about half an hour.