The Inspiration Behind Avatar's 'Floating Mountains'

By Meera Dolasia on February 1, 2010

While most of Pandora in this year's blockbuster movie 'Avatar' is a figment of Mr. Cameron's vivid imagination, it seems that the 'hallelujah' or floating mountains' were inspired by an actual peak of quartz-sandstone that lies deep in the mountains of South Hunan in China.

The 3,554 ft. column is one of a number of jagged peaks that lie in the rugged terrain of the Zhangjiajie national forest and was until recently called the 'Southern Sky Column'.

However, after seeing the rush of people trying to get a glimpse of Earth's 'Hallelujah,' Chinese officials have changed its name to 'Avatar Hallelujah Mountain' and are now offering tours called 'Magical Tour to Avatar-Pandora' or 'Miracle Tour to Avatar's Floating Mountain'.

The government website that is marketing these tours entices tourists with taglines like - 'Pandora is far but Zhangjiajie is near' and, 'Welcome to Zhangjiajie to see Avatar's Hallelujah Mountains and see the real 'Pandora'.

We have no doubt that millions of people will flock to the site, given the frenzy the movie is still generating. Just earlier this week, with $1.84 billion USD in ticket sales, it became the top-grossing movie ever, surpassing Mr. Cameron's previous blockbuster 'Titanic'.

sources: moviegoodsblog.com,dailymail.co.uk

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Share on TwitterShare on tumblrShare on StumbleUponShare on PinterestShare on RedditShare on Edmodo
58 Comments
to use your custom avatar.
  • kkkkm3/25/2014
    epic
    • kyle 10/30/2013
      epic
      • minecraft lover6/2/2013
        That is sad, the cartoon was better than the awful movie and everyone s going to the montains.
        • kell-bell
          kell-bell12/21/2013
          Exactly how I feel!
          • kell-bell
            kell-bell12/21/2013
            except those mountains are really cool
        • khaled5/29/2013
          avatar is behinde this floating moutian on one nations master all for elmis in 19 61 everybody is died because every nations will die ''The End''.
          • firwin
            firwin10/2/2012
            This is so cool
            • game5
              game59/29/2012
              coooooooooooooooooooool!
              • Valid098763/2/2012
                My fav movie. IT TOTALLY ROCKS!! Best movie ever
                • jabulani
                  jabulani12/11/2011
                  cool
                  • rs12/2/2011
                    i would jump
                    • AwesomeGirl248/27/2011
                      awesome

                      Geography

                      Most Popular Articles

                      And The World's Favorite Number Is . . .
                      Grumpy Cat's Purr . . . fect 2nd Birthday!
                      Overweight Aquarium Turtle Is Placed On A Diet!
                      Kansas City Zoo Chimps Stage 'Madagascar' Style Escape
                      Surprise! Giant Pandas Love Sweets Too!
                      Is The Five-Second Rule Valid? Depends On Who You Ask!
                      Think Fairies Are Real? So Does This Professor
                      The Virtually Indestructible Water Bear
                      Minecraft As A Mandatory Subject In School? Sweet!
                      Boo Mania Sweeps Over America (And The World)!
                      Are You Ready To 'Gangnam Style'?
                      Video Of The Week - World's Youngest Successful Singer!

                      Latest Comments

                      amygenius
                      amygenius wrote:

                      wish i could live in one of thos...
                      Seattle's Park Passive House Tak...

                      amygenius
                      amygenius wrote:

                      We are saving a lot of energy an...
                      Seattle's Park Passive House Tak...

                      amygenius
                      amygenius wrote:

                      It is amazing because we can pre...
                      U.S. Naval Research Scientists C...

                      otter
                      otter wrote:

                      That is interesting, but they sh...
                      Researchers Claim That Biting In...

                      ALA