Our vehicles

Slow and characterful, our vintage open-air fleet of sidecars and jeeps allows you to connect easily with the people and the landscapes surrounding you. 

 

Our first and endless love was the Chang Jiang 750 sidecar, one of the first mass-produced vehicles in China. Our Chang Jiang 750 sidecars are replicas of a Russian design that was itself a copy of a pre-WWII 1938 BMW R71, a German BMW sidecar model. On the other side of the world, in Morocco, the police of the old medina of Marrakech, was also using sidecars in the 1950s. It was then a natural move to launch operations there with Ural sidecars in 2015.

Soon after, we discovered a more family-friendly vehicle: the Beijing Jeep 212, a chinese copy of a Russian off roader loosely based on a Land Rover Defender.The vehicle was first produced in the 1960s and is still immensely popular in the Chinese countryside; its familiar shape will help you blend in easily as you cruise the back roads of this surprising country. In contemporary China, they are considered dinosaurs, reminiscent of a troubled and eventful past, but for us they are part of China’s incredible story.

Be it a birthday, reunion or marriage proposal, we can tailor a unique and special ride for a truly unforgettable experience.

HELP & SUPPORT

Are your rides private?
Our custom-made adventures are strictly private, adjusted to your preferences and your pace. We never combine guests into larger groups.
What is included?
Our rides are all-inclusive. We want you to truly enjoy the ride right from the start and forget about logistics or unexpected situations. Vehicle rental (driven by an insider), helmets for adults and for kids, personal injury insurance, entrance tickets, sun cream and bottles of water are included. For the Wild Combo and Vista rides, a traditional lunch is included. Alcohol, tips and personal shopping are not included. Please note that the use of helmets is compulsory by law and should always be respected. Disposable hair nets will be provided for each passenger. Our helmets are kept in perfect condition, cleaned and disinfected after every ride.
Where is your starting and ending point located?
Our dedicated starting and ending point is located at the entrance of the Yuzi Paradise in front of the Club Med resort. A 50min ride from Guilin and a 30min ride from Yangshuo. A free pick-up service to and from our starting point is included in our rates.
What equipment should I bring on my ride?
Sun is very bright in Guilin, we recommend you to wear long-sleeves shirts and UV-protective sunglasses in summer. Wear comfortable shoes, pack sun screen and your fully charged camera. Helmets will be provided by your insider. Rain showers are a possibility, particularly in May and June. Make sure to pack a light rain coat but don't worry too much. Your insider will have rain gear for you should you forget and the rain is beautifully warm if you want to get wet! For winter rides (December - February) bring a nice warm coat. The temperatures never drop that low but the humidity makes it feel that little bit cooler in the evenings especially.
Can we take young children on board?
From 2 to 99 years old, fun in the jeep or on three-wheels is for all. Kid helmets are available, and a special itinerary can be tailor-made for our small guests. Kids below 12 needs to be accompanied by one adult.
Do you offer shopping sprees or kid-friendly adventures?
Challenge us with a specific request is what we enjoy the most. All our rides are tailor-made according to your desires, just ask upstream so we can craft a memorable journey just for you. Please let us know your requirements in the "Special Requests" box at the end of your online booking process. A set of options is also available to spice up your ride.
Do you give discounts for kids?
Our rates are per vehicle which can accommodate up to two passengers on a sidecar and 4 on a jeep whatever their age. However, we do offer a 15% discount for kids.
Is it Ok to tip my insider?
Tipping is always optional. But if you had a great time and want to thank your insider, gratuities are very much appreciated.
What is Slow Travel?
Slow Travel is an alternative way of travelling based on the idea of taking time to discover a new destination. Slow Travel leaves a great place to serendipity and is also a great opportunity to become part of local life and to connect to a place and its people.
How can I write a review about Insiders?
To write a review about your ride, go on our TripAdvisor page and sign in/log in. Fill in the Write a Review form and Certify that your review is based on a genuine travel experience by selecting the check box, then press the Submit your review button. You can also leave a review on our Facebook page and post colorful pictures of your ride on Instagram with @insidersexperience .
Can we drive the vehicles ourselves?
Traffic in China is often hectic and require some driving experience. Thus, we don’t offer a self-driving option on our city rides. You’ll be in better hands with an Insider driving for you. For a self-driving experience, enquire about our expeditions by visiting www.insidersexpeditions.com or by contacting us.
How many people can fit per sidecar/jeep?
Our sidecar are insured for up to 2 passengers per vehicle no matter their age. One passenger behind the driver and one in the basket. If you are more than 2 passengers, just book extra sidecars to accommodate everyone. Jeeps can accommodate up to 4 passengers. Please note that there is no weight or length limitations.
Can we take people with a physical inability on board?
Yes, we can, as long as they are able to sit for the booked amount of time in a sidecar or a jeep.
How can I pay for my booking?
Xi'an Insiders accept bank transfers, credit card via PayPal or WeChat payments.
What currency can I use to pay for my ride?
Our prices are in Chinese Yuans (CNY) but we do accept payment in more than 130 currencies from almost any credit card and debit card, no matter where you live. There are two types of fees that you might see when making payment with an unsupported currency or from a different country than China. º Bank Conversion Fees : If Paypal doesn’t support your currency, then your payment will be converted into Chinese Yuans by your bank. Your bank will add an additional fee for you to pay. º Foreign Transaction Fees : If your bank account is based in a different country than China you may receive additional fees. This is up to your bank, so the exact behavior might vary.
Can I cancel my order after I've placed it?
To receive a booking confirmation, it may take up to 24 hours in high season. If you shall need to cancel your booking before receiving the booking confirmation, we refund you with 100% of the fee. º If you cancel by writing at least 5 weeks prior to the ride, you will get a 90% refund. º If you cancel by writing 48 hours prior to the ride, you will get a 50% refund. º If you cancel less 48 hours before meeting time, no refund will be granted. Please check the cancellation policy in case of heavy rain.
Can I get a refund in case of heavy rain?
As rain is falling a lot on Guilin, we are well prepared for it ! We do have rain gears and we adapt our itinerary to limit the inconvenience. However, if you still decide not to start the ride, Insiders shall refund you with 100% of the service fee if you cancelled at least 2 hours before the starting time. However, if your ride has already begun, you'll be charged 100% of the service fee.
I’m having trouble accessing your website. What should I do?
If you’re having trouble with the website we’d suggest you try the following: º Firstly, you may need to delete your cookies – a cookie is a small file we store on your computer to let us know who you are next time you visit us. On most internet browsers you can delete your cookies using ‘Tools’ or ‘History’. Once you’ve cleared your cookies, close your browser, reopen it and visit our site again. You should be able to use it without any more problems. º We also suggest that you use the latest version of your operating system provider e.g. Windows, OSX etc. If after this you’re still having problems, please contact us.
What should I do if I am seeing your desktop site on my mobile device?
Our desktop site should automatically load up on desktops and tablet devices when visiting Insiders. If you’re seeing our desktop site on your mobile device, then clearing your browser’s cache and cookies should help. To clear your cache and cookies on a mobile browser please see the below steps: iOS – Safari Press the Home button and go to Settings. You’ll see Safari listed with some other apps. Simply select Safari and then select ‘Clear History’ and ‘Clear Cookies and Data’. Once you’ve done this, simply open up Safari again and go to our website. You should now see our mobile site instead of desktop. iOS – Chrome If you’re using Chrome on an iOS device, open up the Chrome app and press the menu button in the top right hand corner (its three lines one under the other). Select ‘Settings’ and then ‘Privacy’ on the next screen. You’ll then see the options to clear your cache and cookies. Once you’ve done this, simply close and reopen Chrome again and go to our website. Android – Chrome If you’re using an Android device, then with your browser open, press the Menu button. Select ‘Clear Browsing Data’ and then ‘Privacy’ on the next screen. You’ll see a pop up where you can select the data you want to clear. Tick the relevant boxes and press the clear button.