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‘Touching fish’ craze sees China’s youth find ways to laze amid ‘996’ work culture

An online movement is pushing back against the country’s ferocious work culture of long hours for seemingly little gain

On the Chinese microblogging platform Weibo, enthusiastic slackers share their tips: fill up a thermos with whisky, do planks or stretches in the work pantry at regular intervals, drink litres of water to prompt lots of trips to the toilet on work time and, once there, spend time on social media or playing games on your phone.

“Not working hard is everyone’s basic right,” said one netizen. “With or without legal protection, everyone has the right to not work hard.”

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