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'.


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  • BumThursday, May 26, 2016 at 7:12 am
    • searl
      searlTuesday, November 11, 2014 at 8:53 am
      • AngelWednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:06 am
        I watched the movie avatar it's soooo cool
        • darshao
          darshaoSunday, September 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm
          • kkkkmTuesday, March 25, 2014 at 5:01 am
            • kyle Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:30 am
              • minecraft loverSunday, June 2, 2013 at 3:46 am
                That is sad, the cartoon was better than the awful movie and everyone s going to the montains.
                • kell-bell
                  kell-bellSaturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm
                  Exactly how I feel!
                  • kell-bell
                    kell-bellSaturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm
                    except those mountains are really cool
                • khaledWednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8:33 am
                  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
                    firwinTuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm
                    This is so cool
                    • game5
                      game5Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 1:17 am

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