The Craftsmen Ride

Open your eyes to colourful landscapes on this ride on the famous Loess plateau and through ancient villages. During this 4 hour jeep ride, you discover all the ropes of traditional crafts with a visit to a blacksmith in his ancestral metal forgery where he creates and fixes farming equipment for the people of his community as well as forging ancient warriors’ weapons replicas. Further away, in the mountains, we will stop at Ms. Qu’s, a true expert at paper-crafting, who will happily share her knowledge. 





Your ride is tailor-made, off the beaten path and designed according to your level of knowledge of the area and your centers of interests, respectful of the local culture and all inclusive to offer you a memorable experience. Custom rides and multi-day expeditions are also available in China and in Morocco.


CONTACT US: If you are trying to book a last minute ride within 24 hours or if you have any questions and just prefer talking to a human being we understand – you can email us at or you can call us at +86 138 176 169 75. We try to get back to everyone within 24 hours.



Our vintage jeeps can accommodate up to 4 passengers from birth to 99 years old. If you are riding alone: 2,100CNY; for 2 passengers: 2,600CNY; 3 passengers: 2,850CNY and 4 passengers: 3,600CNY. If you are more than 4 passengers, we will arrange extra jeeps at a price of 900 CNY per extra pax.



As this is a private ride, you set the pace. Your insider will accompany you based upon what you want to see and how long you want to stop. And if you see something you like along the route, just yell STOP! Your wish is our command. Our rides can accommodate up to 4 passengers by jeep from birth to 99 years old.



We operate this jeep ride everyday during the whole year. This ride lasts for 4 hours. Just pick your time range | from 9am to 1pm | from 2pm to 6pm |



STANDARD MEETING POINT : Our rides start in the Art district at the Banpo subway station on Line 1, exit C. At the end of your ride, we will drop you back at this meeting point.


CUSTOM MEETING POINT : Hotel pick-up and drop-off service comes at an extra cost of 300 CNY per jeep. Just provide us with your pick-up location during the booking process. A transfer service to/from the train station or the airport is also available upon request.


We offer rides in english. However we can provide interpreter service if requested at an extra cost.



Our rides are all inclusive. Knowledgeable insiders speaking the local language, sparkling vintage vehicles, a third-party insurance (covering each passenger for a maximum worth of 280,000 CNY), waterproof gear, baby car seat, site entrances, refreshing drinks and a savory local lunch for day rides.

It excludes alcoholic beverages & gratuities.



French champagne, souvenir kits for kids or adults, instant camera (polaroid) renting or mobile camera boosters (Selfie stick & Lens Set with fish-eye, wide-angle and macro lens)…we do offer a wide array of options to make your ride truly confortable and memorable. Just check them out during the booking process.



In case of no-show or if you cancel less than 24 hours before your ride you will be responsible for the total amount of your ride.


Visit our help page to find answers to your questions or contact us by email at

Approx. 4 hours
4 persons max. per jeep
From 2100 CNY per jeep
Options available on this ride
Just add them during the booking process

Hotel pick-up

300 CNY per jeep


400 CNY per bottle (375 mL for 2 persons)

Instant camera

300 CNY per ride

Mobile camera kit

300 CNY per ride

Souvenir kit

From 300 CNY per kit (adult or kid)


200 CNY per vehicle

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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, entrance tickets, sun cream and bottles of water are included. For the day ride, 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?
All our rides start in the Art district at the Banpo subway station on Line 1, exit C. The Ancient Quest rides start at the Train Bar in the Greenland Century Plaza. At the end of your ride, we will drop you back at this meeting point. If you wish, we can also come to pick you up at your hotel at an additional cost.
What equipment should I bring on my ride?
Wear long-sleeved shirt, flat and comfortable shoes, pack sunscreen, sunglasses and your fully charged camera. Rain showers are a possibility, particularly in June and July. Make sure to pack a light raincoat 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, boots or warm sneakers and a fully charged camera. The temperatures never drop very low but the humidity makes it feel way colder in the evenings especially.
Can we take young children on board?
From a few months old to 99 years old, fun in the jeep is for all. Baby car seats are available, and a special itinerary can be tailor-made for our small guests. Kids below 12 need 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. A set of options is also available to spice up your ride.
Do you give discounts for kids?
Our rates are per person whatever their age. However, we do offer a 15% discount for kids below 12 years old.
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.
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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 in Xi'an. You’ll be in better hands with an Insider driving for you. For a self-driving experience, enquire about our expeditions by visiting or by contacting us.
How many people can fit per sidecar/jeep?
Our 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 jeep.
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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. In case of heavy rain we accept a cancellation 2 hours before the ride.
Can I get a refund in case of heavy rain?
As rain is falling a lot during summer in Xi'an, 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 (minus bankfees), if you cancel before 2 hours in advance.
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