The Little Paris Ride by jeep

In its heyday, Shanghai became know as “The Paris of the East”, a place of vice and indulgence to make ends meet: drugs, prostitution and gambling until things took an unexpected turn… Take a seat in our vintage convertible jeep to travel back in time and explore a few of these magnificent old mansions spread out in a labyrinth of greenery and admire its very rich Art Deco heritage while walking in the corridors and banquet rooms of the former “French Club”.







In the heart of shanghai’s Former French Concession, your insider meets you in a relaxed and minimally stylish café, the “Bitter café”Share your expectations and specific requests while your insider introduces you, thanks to an old 1932 map, to both the geography and history of the city and your tailor-made itinerary. Buckle up, put on your sunglasses and start your ride into the city’s most stylish neighbourhood.


From stunning Art Deco buildings, a blue-domed Russian Orthodox Cathedral built in the 1930s, to an impressive 1932 mansion with a view that was once home to Shanghai’s most notorious gangster or one of the 33 former Art Deco cinemas used to show movies from the golden age of Hollywood, we take you on an enchanting time-travel in the former French district known as ‘the Paris of the East’.


Step in history as you walk into one of the most prominent landmarks erected by the French. Surrounded by mature trees, this former 1926 sports club still features the glittering gold mosaics, polished marble pillars and dramatic staircase that made such an impression when the club first opened. Drive under a cathedral arch of plane trees to those hidden-in-plain-sight secret alleys. Discover splendid constructions designed by Laszlo Hudec, the most famous architect of the 20th century in Shanghai such as the first 1924 French Renaissance style building of gallery corridor type in Shanghai, a western modern apartment resembling a sailing ship and Italian, British or Spanish-style buildings of great historical interest. Stop at the former mansion hosting the headquarters of the Municipal French Council, this “Little White House” reveals a beautiful example of the French Renaissance architecture in a very well preserved street.


After this last stop, your insider will take you back to the “Bitter café” or any other place in the Former French Concession.


NB: This itinerary is subject to change due to passenger’s requests, holidays or weather conditions.





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 the Contact us link or you can call us at +86 138 176 169 75. We try to get back to everyone within 24 hours.










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 2 to 99 years old. Expect to spend about 70% of the time driving and 30% exploring on foot. For legal & safety reasons, you are not allowed to drive a jeep.




STANDARD MEETING POINT : Our rides start from the Bitter Café in the Former French Concession (Wuyuan Road 58).


CUSTOM MEETING POINT : Click on Other and type in your pick-up address. Please do enter the number of vehicles needed in the next page. This service comes at the price of 300 CNY per vehicle.

At the end of your ride, we will drop you back off at the Bitter Café.




We offer rides in other languages! When you send us your booking form you will be asked if you need an insider who speaks a language other than English.




Our rides are all inclusive. Knowledgeable insiders speaking the local language, sparkling vintage vehicles including gas and parking fees, baby car seat, umbrellas, site entrances, refreshing drinks and a bunch of gadgets. Rides exclude meals unless specifically mentioned. 

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 it out during the booking process.




In case of no-show or if you cancel within 48 hours of your scheduled 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. 2 hours
4 persons max. per jeep
From 1900 CNY per jeep
Options available on this ride
Just add them during the booking process

Custom pick-up

300 CNY per jeep


400 CNY per bottle (375 mL for 2 persons)

Instant camera

300 CNY per ride

Selfie stick & Lens Set

300 CNY per ride

Souvenir kit

From 300 CNY per kit (adult or kid)


200 CNY per vehicle

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Bespoke, off the beaten path and exclusive, our all-inclusive ride are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Go further away, with our multi-day expeditions in China or Morocco.


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.
Where is your starting and ending point located?
We have a dedicated meeting point in the Former French Concession at the Café Bitter. If you wish, we can also come pick you up at your hotel at an additional cost of 300 CNY per vehicle. We can drop you off wherever you like in downtown Shanghai at the end of your ride.
Can we take young children on board?
From 2 to 99 years old, fun on four wheels is for all. Kid 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.
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) gas and parking fees, kid car seat, 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.
What equipment should I bring on my ride?
Wear comfortable shoes, pack sun screen and your fully charged camera. Rain showers are a possibility, particularly in June and July. 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.
What are the options available on Insiders rides?
We do offer a few options to spice your ride up. º An instant camera is a fun, retro little gadget to instantly print your pictures while enjoying your ride. 20 sheets included. º Take the camera on your mobile device to the next level with this selfie stick and lens set including Fish-eye, wide-angle and macro lens. For rent only. For all devices. º An astonishing view with a glass of French champagne will definitely make the difference. Our bottle of 375mL are recommended for two full pours. º A lightweight, durable travel canvas tote bag designed by Shanghai Insiders. It’s the perfect travel partner for your ride. º Our insiders selected, tested and approved local souvenirs as well as tokens from your ride. We would like to keep it a surprise for you to enjoy but as a hint, our souvenir box is offered in a beautiful custom made totebag. None of them works for you? Just drop us a line and we will do our best to fit your request.
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 4 passengers on a jeep whatever their age.
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 or by contacting us.
How many people can fit per jeep?
Our jeeps are insured for up to 4 passengers per vehicle no matter their age. 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.
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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 during summer a lot in Shanghai, 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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