Tang ping (Chinese: 躺平; pinyin: tǎng píng; lit. ‘lying flat’) is a lifestyle and social protest movement in China beginning in April 2021. It is a rejection of societal pressures to overwork, such as in the 996 working hour system, which is often regarded as a rat race with ever diminishing returns. Those who participate in tang ping instead choose to “lie down flat and get over the beatings” via a low-desire, more indifferent attitude towards life. It can be thought as the Chinese equivalent of the hippies counter-culture movement.
Source: Tang ping – Wikipedia
Tired of working flat out
The background to this trend is a shrinking labour market in China, which means younger people are now under pressure to work much longer hours and they burnout.