The most convenient way is by private car, about a 2.5 hour drive from Shanghai. Or, there is a direct 4 hour bus from Shanghai which leaves 3 times in the morning from the Old North Bus Station. Or, you can take the high speed train to Hangzhou, and take taxi or bus from there.
The tourist area on top of the mountain is relatively small; there are numerous meandering footpaths that pass by bamboo forests, tea fields, and old stone houses.
There are actually numerous trails on Moganshan. Be prepared to be challenged, though, because they go up for a long time, and then back down. The trails are well kept with stairs where necessary, but are not for the faint of heart. The Temple Hike, for example is about three miles and takes about five hours because one goes from the top of the mountain, down to the valley and back up again.
The trails and sites are abundant and beautiful.
There is a nice park with walking trails at the very top of the mountain. Half way up is the center of the quaint village, made mainly of stone houses, many of which were built in the early 1900s. Below the village is a series of pools and waterfalls that go down a steep canyon. You will need your Moganshan entry ticket to go all the way in.
Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful views. Read a book, go for a hike, sit in a hammock, or try some delicious local beer and cuisine.
Visitors must pay ¥80 to enter the scenic area. Do not lose this ticket, or you may have to buy it again!
Moganshan beer is quite good, and comes in an attractive bottle.
The villages boast many small and inexpensive guest houses that offer nice rooms with en suite and full board if required. The non-Chinese speaker will find communication difficult, but be brave, use the "phone a friend" system and it will be OK. The multi-story homes with large signs are usually guest houses.
Le Passage Mohkan Shan , Luxury French Country House Hotel, nostalgic historical property offering luxurious large and comfortable bedrooms (70~120sqm) with an amazing view of private organic tea plantation, heated outdoor pool, delicious French country food and wines for the sophisticated travelers. Deluxe Room 3,200rmb-4,800 night, Garden Room 4,200rmb-5,800rmb night, Mezzanine Room 5,200rmb-6,800rmb night. Tel. +86-186-5728-5900
Miss Xu's hotel located in a beautiful old stone mansion is right near town, but with plenty of privacy. 13645725033
A similar hotel nearby with the large Japanese (small leaf) maple tree can be reached at 13567229790 (cell), 0572-8033495, or 0572-8033493
Prodigy Outdoor base, Houwu village, ☎ +86 189 6926 0036, . Prodigy outdoor base is so-named because it considers itself less a hotel in the forest and more a base from which to explore, get involved in outdoor sports or just enjoy nature and then relax with friends and family, enjoying fresh food from the kitchen cooked by local farmers and drinks from the bar. Consider this a hostel and the beware the shared bathrooms are not for everyone. Bikes are available to hire and the base can organise activities tailored to your group. ¥130+/head. edit
Moganshan House 23  is run by the same family that operates the Lodge and is a lovely choice. The restored house is charming and the staff is eager to please. Its location is very convenient whether your looking for a place that's close to the trails or close to the town and the Lodge.