Looking at Moon Hill from below you might think it would take hours to climb to the arch. Yet we did it in sixteen minutes because there are stone steps the entire way. It is a well-traveled path, probably accomplished by dozens of people every day. It’s not a technically difficult climb, but it is a workout. Our poor tour guide Arthur was a trooper. He wasn’t as physically fit as us, but he hung in there every step of the way. At the top there are magnificent views of the countryside. Be sure to see the views on the other side of the arch also. There is a rocky path to the left through a narrow rocky area that leads to the other side, and also a path straight through the middle.
There is a small charge to climb Moon Hill but I’m not sure what it is because our tour guide paid it. Vendors will try to sell you souvenirs and water but they will go away if you tell them you’ll see them on the way back. And actually you’ll be more than happy to see them and their bottles of water after the trek.
The best way to get to Moon Hill is by bicycle from Yangshuo. Turn left at the top of West Street and take that road out into the countryside all the way to Moon Hill. Combine the hike with the bicycle ride and you will have an unforgettable day.
The video below shows the entire climb. Skip to the end to see the payoff. But I’ve included the entire climb in case anyone is wondering what it is like.