Kang Yousheng, aka "the Cricket King," displays the type of cricket and cage that he sells for 10 yuan ($1.50). 
 
Kang Yousheng, nicknamed "the King of Crickets," is a 45-year-old farmer in Baoding, Hebei Province who has been selling crickets as pets for five or six years. Every summer and autumn he leaves his home and carries crickets with a shoulder pole throughout the province, and even to the southern tip of the country, Hainan Island.

 
"Crickets are the specialty of my hometown and lots of people catch them," said Kang. He purchases the crickets at a low price, puts the large ones into bamboo cages, the smaller ones into medium sized grass cages and hopes to make a profit from them all.
 
 Kang said it’s not an easy job. The sound of crickets chirping attracts customers during the day, but at night it makes it hard for Kang to find a place to stay.
 
 "The hostel owners turn me away after complaints from other customers," he said.
 
Kang is like a small merchant from ancient times, always on the road.  "The sky is his roof, the earth is his bed. Cold water and biscuits are his meals."
 
"I like visiting Hainan after it was promoted as an island for international tourists," said Kang. "I can live in a warehouse this time, thanks to others from my hometown." It was Kang’s second visit to Hainan. Last time, he had nowhere to stay.
 
Kang is never alone with his 800 crickets. After staying on the island for five or six days and his small companions are sold, he will be on the road again, back to Baoding, 2,600 kilometers away.
 
 
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