Last year, Kotaku showed images of a Bitcoin mining operation in Hong Kong. It was fancy! However, these recent photos of a Bitcoin mine in northeast China are anything but.

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Website The Coinsman recently published photos of a Bitcoin operation that's located in the Chinese countryside.

[Photo: The Coinsman]

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The Coinsman reports that the three miners employed here only make it back to their homes for a couple days each month. They sleep at the mine, working in three different round-the-clock shifts.

[Photo: The Coinsman]

[Photo: The Coinsman]

[Photo: The Coinsman]

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The miners apparently only have "just a couple" of Bitcoins for themselves—though, one of the miners told The Coinsman he set up small rigs for himself at home.

When not attending to the hardware or checking the security monitor, the miners like to play online games like Tera or watch movies.

[Photo: The Coinsman]

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The monthly electric bill is somewhere around US$60,000!

[Photo: The Coinsman]

Well, other would-be Bitcoin miners out there, this is your competition.

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Read the full report in the link below.

INSIDE A CHINESE BITCOIN MINE [The Coinsman]

Top photo: The Coinsman

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