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

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  • darshao
    darshao9/7/2014
    neat
    • 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

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