About us at Walk Hong Kong
Walk Hong Kong has been offering walks and hikes since 2003. The company is run by Gabi Baumgartner, who oversees the day to day planning and will do her best to match the perfect tour and guide with your individual interests. For that to work, she is supported by a team of experienced guides, each of which adds his or her fields of expertise to the tours, and will be able to provide insights into Hong Kong’s local history and culture as well as knowledge of the region.
Our tours are conducted in English, but on request can be provided in German as well. Our
Walk Hong Kong Team
Gabi Baumgartner came to Hong Kong from Switzerland in 1996. She’s worked in event production for many years before admitting that she is happiest after a day spent outdoors. That was when she joined Walk Hong Kong. Gabi has learnt the local language Cantonese and constantly discovers new aspects of Hong Kong life and culture, which she’s happy to share. As a guide she takes any of our scheduled walking tours or creates a personalized private tour to suit your interests.
Gabi answers your emails and phone calls. However, phone reception is not always great on the hiking trails, so sending an email is often easier.
Martin Heyes, our World War 2 specialist, is a former British Army officer who has lived in Hong Kong for over 40 years. He has conducted extensive research of the 1941 battle from records held both locally and in the United Kingdom, and has spent many long hours walking the terrain over which this short but bloody conflict was fought. Martin also leads some of our Heritage walks.
Susan Braun, born in Shanghai, spent the early years of her childhood in Hong Kong. Thereafter she lived in Munich for more than 20 years before returning to the city in 1996. Susan is a keen tennis player and loves the outdoors. She is engaged in many activities of the German communities in Hong Kong, loves hiking and exploring the many facets of the city through walking tours. She has joined Walk Hong Kong to share her experiences and love for the city with German and English speaking visitors.
Jasmine Nunns grew up in both Singapore and Hong Kong to a Chinese mother, and English father. She has a great passion for the outdoors, the natural environment and animals. She spends her time consulting for an environmental charity in HK as well as developing her own business in wilderness therapy and Forest Bathing experiences.
As a hiking guide Jasmine offers a unique perspective to life in Hong Kong with her mixed heritage, and shares a passion for the outdoors, with her knowledge of plants & ecology.
Claudia Ciesielski is a native German and has been living in Hong Kong since 2004. Claudia enjoys meeting people and sharing her love for the city with them. Though she is a keen hiker, she also quite likes to stroll along the various markets and busy shopping streets of Hong Kong. Claudia leads tours in German and English.
Stella To loves this city that she has called home since birth and wants to share all aspects of it with visitors, from far and near. She loves outdoor living and appreciates the simple pleasures of sports and joy of hiking.
After enjoying a very diverse career in development and communication roles in big companies, Stella returns to share her first love of the great outdoors through Walk Hong Kong when she will take you to experience these wonderful treasures of Hong Kong’s countryside.
Rachel Ganly is a native of Ireland and has been living in Hong Kong for over five years. She first worked for a local NGO and is now a postgraduate student at the University of Hong Kong, where she studies Asian politics and public policy. In her spare time she loves exploring our territories’ rural habitat. Rachel enjoys meeting new visitors to the city and sharing the joys of Hong Kong’s natural environment with them.
HK-born and raised, Dora is an author, artist and tutor. She lives amidst banana palms and wild boars. Nature could well be Dora’s last name. In her spare time, she loves meandering the hills of HK and sailing among little islands. She likes roaming around the world – on foot – during her holidays. A recent journey involved a 1800-km walk from the north of France to Rome.Fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, Dora also has a working knowledge of French.
David Diskin has spent most of his working life in Asia, including 25 years in Hong Kong. He is the author of Birding Hong Kong: A Site Guide and one of the co-authors of The Avifauna of Hong Kong. More recently he has written and published Hong Kong Nature Walks: The New Territories and Hong Kong Nature Walks: Kowloon, Hong Kong and Outlying Islands. His latest book is Mai Po: The Seasons – A Photographic Essay. David answers your emails for the Birding Tours.
John Holmes came to Hong Kong in 1978. He soon discovered a passion for birds when rambling in Hong Kong’s Country Parks. Since then, birding has led him to many interesting parts of Asia. Still a committed birder, these days he participates in Hong Kong’s monthly waterfowl counts and edits the English language edition of the Hong Kong Birdwatching Society’s quarterly bulletin. John’s birding blog can be found
Born and grown up in Hong Kong, Matthew Kwan started birding with his father at the age of six when he saw his first Common Kingfisher at Kowloon Park. He never stopped birding since. An active member of the Hong Kong Birdwatching Society, Matthew is also devoted to observing various wildlife including reptiles, amphibians, insects, and spiders. Visit his wildlife blog here. Matthew is keen to take you on our Night Walk to share the wonderful wildlife found in Hong Kong.