Crickets generally symbolize good luck and protection. In Chinese culture, it is considered bad luck to harm a cricket, as its chirping serves as a protective warning against potential danger. Crickets have also been known to symbolize intuition because of their long antennas, which give them a strengthened sense of sensitivity.
During China's Tang dynasty, crickets were often kept as pets. Crickets were caught by the emperor's concubines and placed in golden cages. The cages were set up next to their beds in order for the crickets to sing them to sleep. Today, crickets continue to be sold, as pets or good luck charms, in markets.