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China’s Tech Employees Work, Eat and Sleep in Their Offices

In China, tech workers' industriousness stands out among many of their peers.

Liu Zhanyu, a client manager at DouMiYouPin, works around midnight in Beijing on April 20, 2016. Liu usually retires to the room shared with one or two others between midnight and 3 a.m.

Office workers sleeping on the job has long been a common sight in China, where inefficiency and a surplus of cheap labor give workers plenty of downtime in many industries. For the technology sector, however, business is booming faster than many start-up firms can hire new staff, which forces workers to burn the midnight oil to meet deadlines.

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Cui Meng, a Co-founder of Goopal Group, takes a nap in his seat after lunch on April 21 in Beijing.

"The pace of Chinese internet company growth is extremely fast. I've been to the U.S. and the competitive environment there isn't as intense as in China," claimed Cui.

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Kou Meng, product manager of RenRen Credit Management Co., sleeps on a camp bed at the office early morning on April 27 in Beijing.

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Ma Zhenguo, a system engineer at RenRen Credit Management Co., sleeps on a camp bed at the office after finishing work early morning on April 27 in Beijing.

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Employees at Goopal Group take a nap in their seats after lunch in Beijing.

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Liu Zhanyu washes his feet at the office's bathroom before going to sleep after finishing work at midnight in Beijing, on April 20.

"We have to get up at 8:30 a.m. because all our co-workers come to work at 9:30 and we wash in the same bathroom everyone uses," said Liu.

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Du Xianchang, an R&D engineer at BaishanCloud, climbs up a ladder as he goes to bed in an individual sleeping quarter in the office after finishing work at midnight in Beijing.

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Han Liqun, an HR manager of RenRen Credit Management Co., carries beer and food for his colleagues as he walks to the office after midnight in Beijing.

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Han Liqun, center, drinks with his colleagues Kou Meng, left, and Ma Zhenguo after finishing work around midnight.

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Yu Xiaojian, left, and Li Yan, employees at Goopal Group, take a nap during a break at work around midnight in Beijing.

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