The June issue of That's PRD is out now – paper-and-ink-form citywide and in digital PDF form. Deputy Editor Jocelyn Richards introduces the magazine:
Long, sweltering days are upon us and with them, a tendency to want to check out early. We here at That’s PRD decided to take a breather and let all of you do the writing this month. Of course, we never expected so many would take up the offer.
The response to our first writing contest in years was encouraging, to say the least. For one, we now know PRD residents are not only capable of expressing complex emotions via WeChat stickers – you can also use words – and damn good ones at that. You also showed little to no fear at the prospect of taking center stage to share those personal narratives aloud, which, to us (who get to hide in an office after these pages hit the stands), sounds downright terrifying.
This month’s cover story is devoted to the bold souls who inspire our community with their voices. Pages 36 (GZ) and 38 (SZ) hold a few of their incredible stories.
In our city section this month, tech-savvy Shenzhen editor Natallia Slimani exposes a fascinating phenomenon of fraud start-ups in southern China, which are actually well-established companies posing on crowdfunding platforms for a bit of publicity (p12). We’ve also prepared a special three-page feature in honor of Duanwu Festival on June 9 this year (p14). It turns out Panyu is one of the oldest dragon boat manufacturing hubs in the world, and the history of racing dates back 2,000 years to the time of the first ancient Olympic games!
Now is the season to travel and Guangdong offers so many unexplored possibilities. If you’re planning a weekend getaway (or like playing with monkeys), be sure to read about Liuxihe National Forest Park in our daytripper column (p21). Prefer to venture outside the province? Our web editor Matthew Bossons has you covered on p26 with a feature story about his recent trip to Dali, Yunnan – one of the only places with locally produced cheese, wine and coffee on the mainland.
Music fans will appreciate our arts section this month (p30), where we chat with English post-rock stalwarts Yndi Halda and Beijing’s Alpine Decline, both of which will hold concerts this June.
Finally, summer days mean long nights and, naturally, hung-over brunches. On p58 (GZ) and p60 (SZ), we’ve rounded up our favorite breakfast platters, from the light and nutritious to the 2,000-calorie heaps of greasy goodness. There’s something for everyone, as, we hope, there is in our June issue.