For me, October is synonymous with one word: Halloween. And Halloween means many things – costumes, haunted houses and spooky stories. It seems to be a universal truth that people love a good tale – the more mysterious, the more thrilling. It’s the unknown that draws us in and leaves us craving more.
For this month’s cover story, That’s PRD Editor-in-Chief Matthew Bossons takes us on one such thrilling adventure somewhere dark and eerie: the deep caves of South China, more specifically, Du’an county. Known as one of the most dangerous activities in the world, cave-diving dates all the way back to pre-WWII England. In Du’an, it began in the ‘70s, when a group of Russian divers came to check out the underground waters. Brave souls followed for decades to come, with some living to tell the tale and others vanishing into the abyss. These caves tell stories themselves, with local folklore involving ancient superstitions and modern legends.
Elsewhere in the magazine:
Tristin Zhang tells us the story behind the National Geographic award-winning photo by Chinese photographer Thomas Chu;
Carly Rae Jepsen super-fan Noelle Mateer interviews the pop wonder herself;
And Andrew Braun checks out Jing-A’s new taproom.
Until next month,