Ted is a really caring person who did way more than what was expected from a guide. He also is very knowledgable and fast to adapt. He helped me a lot for my photo project. However, despite his english being perfect, he has troubles translating in a nice smooth way, that create dialogue with the locals. It ended up with me listening to them talking for hours without having any idea what was going on. Even now, I feel I didn't learn so much about the local culture. I still recommend him for classic tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Julian wanted specific Miao villagers to put on festival costumes and pose like professional models to have their photos taken. To figure out who could be a good model and whether he/she was willing to do it, I had to greet and talk in a friendly way before asking them to help. I didn't realize Julian wanted to understand all our conversations details and participate until he told me.With better understanding of his demand, the rest of the adventurous trip turned out to be much smoother.