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Well mv should also move the hidden files because you are moving the folder. It is not possible that it is not moving the hidden files.
I have just tried moving mv /home/test /root/ and it does moves the hidden files.
rsync is something different it is usually used for backup purpose. For example you have set up /backup directory to backup your file system data.
If you set up a script to run rsync to copy the data from /test to /backup it will copy only copy the difference.
Suppose /test is your live directory which changes everyday by the users and they save their work their and on /backup you already have this directory backed up before. Then rsync will only copy over the difference that is there on /test and /backup.