june, 2019

01jun4:00 pmM Talks China - Our Story: A Conversation with Chinese Bestselling Writer Rao Pingru


Event Details

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼

When: June 1 2019 – 4 pm

Tickets: 100 RMB/50 RMB





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98-year-old Grandpa Rao will return to Glam after his well-acclaimed talk at 2019 M LitFest!

Rao Pingru joined the Whampoa Military Academy(founded in 1924, often referred to as China’s West Point) and later the Nationalist (KMT) army in 1930s, trying to save his war-torn country from the hands of the Japanese.

Having witnessed all the wartime atrocities, Pingru decided to return to his hometown of Jiangxi, marry his beloved fiancée Meitang and live a simple and peaceful life after China finally and painstakingly won the war in 1945.

However life didn’t proceed as he had planned, as the country and the couple were both to go through many more hard times.

Our Story is a graphic memoir written and illustrated by Rao at the age of 90, which chronicles the ups and downs, joys and sorrows in the 60-year marriage of Pingru and Meitang.

It is a piece of personal history spanning twentieth century China that touches many Chinese hearts.

In 2013, the book was voted “the most beautiful book in China”, and has been translated into eight languages.

In this talk, Grandpa Rao will tell the story behind Our Story — and give a sneak peak of his upcoming second book.


(Saturday) 4:00 pm



No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu)


After 23 years serving in one of Shanghai’s most iconic neighbourhoods, it is bittersweet for us to announce the official closing of M on the Bund and Glam dining lounge & bar on 15 February, 2022.


Over the years, we have served over three million guests across local and worldwide communities, among them some influential and prominent names. With your support, we have become more than a restaurant of excellent food and warm hospitality, but also a platform where like-minded people gather and connect. We are proud of the numerous initiatives we have founded and supported and humbled by the awards we have received, for they have made us one of the city’s most distinguished dining establishments.

It has been a tremendous pleasure for us to serve the community over the past two decades, and we owe an immense debt of gratitude to everyone who has loved our restaurants and supported our businesses. Your trust and loyal patronage have allowed us to grow and mature. Therefore, while we are sad to depart, we are more than grateful for the moments spent with you, and we hope your time with us has left you with nothing but happy and indelible memories.

As we bid our final goodbye, we would like to create a memory photo album of stories and good times. We kindly invite anyone wishing to share their memorable moments with us by sending photos to [email protected], or bring them along when you visit.

For those who would like to send their farewell in person, our restaurants will remain in full operation until the closing date, and we would definitely love to see you again. Please make all reservations via our website, Chope and Dianping.

Together, let’s complete this journey in joy and fulfilment.