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Chinese millennials rebel against grueling "996" work schedules

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Pedestrains in Xian, China. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

China's young people are fed up with the "rule of 996," a policy widespread among Chinese companies that makes employees work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week, reports the BBC.

The backdrop: Long hours at work, sub-par pay and skyrocketing housing prices are meeting pushback from Chinese millennials. A generation of only children due to the "One Child Policy," they have higher expectations for their quality of life than their parents did after coming of age at a time of massive growth, per the BBC report. Go deeper: Returning Chinese graduates face a tough job slog at home]

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