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“cool formation but without good views”
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Moon Hill
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Reviewed 6 May 2010

As for everything, you have to pay to get to the Moon Hill. For 15RMB you get into the "park" and can leave your bike (should you cycle here) at a guarded lot. You can also get here by bus for about 3RMB, then you have to flag a mini bus at the street to get back to Yangshuo. If you can't find a bus to take you directly to the entrance, take one to the ticket office of the Water Cave and then continue on food for about 500m on the same road. taht said, you can combine a visit to the Water Cave with the Moon Hill: when coming from the cave you will get droped of at the ticket office, early in the afternoon. Then just walk to the hill.
There is only one real way up the hill but there are some extra loops, taking in some diferent perspectives of the Moon Hill and the surrounding. All pathes are very slippery when wet. Also the track is relatively steep. Still you can make your way up in a sweaty 20min or so. The first time you get out of the forest you'll find yourself just unter the arch. There is a platform ofering some good but not special views of the surrounding. Well, there is the view through the arch. That is something you won't see too often elsewhere. To get its view walk along the path through he arch to a second smaller platform. You can take a path that brunches left of this way to get to the top of the arch. This muddy path however is officially restricted.
I spent a little more than an hour at the Moon Hill, getting up and down and shooting photos.

1  Thank David K
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Reviewed 13 October 2009

We cycled to Moon hill once we came off our bamboo ride. We headed on the main road with our map, it took a couple of stops at incorrect entrances to other attractions but we eventually found it. It was only 15y to get it (£1) and so worth every penny. We started to walk on which was a very hot day and then we came to a marble table and chairs near the start. We had a view up to moon hill, we sat and had a picnic and drink and then started off again. It was very hard work in the heat and at times thought we would not get to the top. Then a group passed us on their way down and told us that we were nearly at the top which gave us the strength to push on. Once at the top there is a good view and the front and then if you pass under the hole and walk round there is an even better view round the other side. There was a rock climber on the inside of the moon when we were there, he was amazing - he stuck his feet into a hole and then hung himself upside down!!!! We then made our descent, which we thought would be much easier than it actually was! - my friend and I got a very bad case of vibrating legs! - very odd! but we managed to get down ok and mustered up the energy to get back onto our bikes to cycle back to Chao Long village!

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Reviewed 29 September 2009

Located about 9 km south of Yanshuo Town, Moon Hill is a huge stone arch that stands on the top of a small mountain, visible from many places around Yangshuo. It looks like a half-donut in shape. You can climb Moon Hill and have a great view of the surrounding valley and mountains, including Yangshuo Town. There are 800 steps leading to the observation area, quite steep - you'll be really sweaty on a hot day. You can stop on a platform near the top with benches for a breather and a nice view, but if you go another 1 minute up, you'll be at an even better spot, where you can see through the donut hole to the mountains, so don't stop at the platform. You can also hike all the way to the top of the arch, but we didn't see much point in that, so didn't go that far. At the top, there are people rock climbing on the arch sometimes.

It costs 15 RMB for entrance to Moon Hill. As you start to walk up you'll be greeted by one lady with drinks and a fan for each person in your party. They are nice ladies from the local village, and they'll walk all the way to the top with you, all 800 steps, fanning you every step of the way which feels really good on a hot day. Then at the top they'll sell you beverages for an extortionist price, but then they did fan you all the way up the mountain, so I guess you're paying for that too. Plus you didn't have to haul heavy drinks up there which means an easier walk for you. Our ladies also took photos of us, chatted it up a bit (they spoke a little English), and posed for photos too. Understand that if they accompany you, they will expect that you will buy something from them for each person in your party (if there are three ladies and three of you, make sure you buy three drinks, not one, as two of them would go back empty handed after fanning you up 800 steps). This is an important way for these ladies to make some money for their families, and even though you're paying a premium for drinks, and may not even want any, it's only a few dollars. If you don't want them to come with you, make sure you're firm before you leave or they will come anyway.

At the top, the views are vast on a clear day, not sure I'd walk up there again, but it was interesting to see once. At the bottom is a restaurant where you can get food and drinks and relax for a bit before getting back on your bikes.

2  Thank Trail811023
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Reviewed 17 July 2009

We stayed at the Moon Resort in Li Village which is a short walk to the Moon Hill. There were five of us in our group and five village women, the oldest being 73 years old, followed us up the hill. They each targeted one of us and cooled us with handheld fans as we climbed up the hill. There is a 15 RMB admission and the climb involved fairly steep steps that took probably half an hour and required some rest breaks. The path is shaded by thick growth of trees and bamboos, so that helped with the heat. The 73 year old woman took special interest in my son, 11, and held his hand and encouraged him up the hill. As I speak Mandarin, I struck up a conversation with the woman that tagged me. These women take turns every 4 days with other women in the village to sell beverages at Moon Hill. They are from farming families and this is a way for them to make some extra cash. Once up at the foot of the arched opening, there is a wide terrace with benches, but the ladies urged us to keep going for a better view. We had a great view of the arched opening of Moon Hill, the neighboring karsts, and the village below. Supposedly one can climb up the arch of Moon Hill, but we did not look for it or attempt it. The women sold us beverages for 10 RMB each, which is more than what Moon Resort charges but that was ok with us. We fit this in right before dinner at sunset but were told that sunrise at Moon Hill is even more beautiful.

1  Thank Keith M
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