China's Work Week Is 40 Hours Plus Naps

In China, the standard work week is 40 hours, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, with Saturday and Sunday off. Some service industries need employees to work on weekends but they still get 2 days off each week. Just like many other countries, there is overtime pay for additional work beyond the standard 40 hours. 

The typical work day starts at 8:00 or 9:00 and lasts until 18:00 with 1 or 2 hours for a lunch break. Many cities around China have a 2-hour lunch break which allows people enough time to eat lunch and then take a nap. However, all of the 1st tier and some 2nd tier cities only have a 1-hour lunch break since these premier cities have a very intense work culture. Even government offices and schools in 1st and 2nd tier cities only have 1 hour for lunch.


Napping after lunch is a very common custom throughout China that is ingrained during childhood. So don’t be shocked when you walk into a company at midday and see all the employees reclining in their chairs with their eyes shut or with their heads on their desk. Employers also believe that letting employees rest after lunch will make their afternoon work more more productive. Plus their employees will be happier which is good for business.

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