Life Inside a Secret Chinese Bitcoin Mine

The town itself is so high up in the mountains that you have to bring your own cans of oxygen. Mobile phone signals frequently disappear around the mountains and valleys that surround the township. But high speed wi-fi makes video calls and chat apps the main mode of communication.

Within the mine’s walls stand hundreds of computers shelved on rows. A team of workers live onsite: predominantly male, and made up of former farmers and fresh graduates.They live around six to a room in dormitories. Computer parts are sprawled across their floors and Chinese boy band posters are stuck on walls above their bunk beds.

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