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March 31, 2010

Avatar Floating Peaks

China / Zhangjiajie

Photos contributed by my friend, Laytin.

It has been in the news. Avatar claims the highest glossing movie of all time. The floating mountains in the 3-D epic movie are said to have been inspired by the craggy sandstone peaks located within Wulingyuan Scenic Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China.

Not surprisingly, since the breaking of the news about the relation between Zhangjiajie and Avatar’s Hallelujah Mountains, more nature lovers especially Avatar movie fans pour into the magical peak forest to see Avatar’s fictional world of Pandora!

After all, “Pandora is far but Zhangjiajie is near.”

The “floating” peaks.

The Southern Sky Column that allegedly inspired the floating Hallelujah Mountains (“Thundering Rocks”) in Avatar.

Steep and long flight of steps amid the lofty peaks.

Laytin: Single  ( email2laytin(at)gmail.com )  V ^o^ V

The long winding road with hundreds of bends to Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest National Geopark.

12 Comments Leave your comment

  • henry said on March 31, 2010 5:01 pm

    the last pic… learn new photoshop skilss hor… haha~ :D
    im single too! :p

  • eunice said on March 31, 2010 5:56 pm

    @henry: tilt-shift ah.. done that many times b4 lah, but maybe this one is the “best” so far cos at least u noticed that LOL

  • flip said on March 31, 2010 9:28 pm

    oh wow!!! gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i wanna go there

  • London Caller said on April 1, 2010 5:27 pm

    What a pity the weather was a bit foggy!
    Stunning views though.

  • eunice said on April 2, 2010 1:34 am

    yeah.. guess it’s pretty hard to get very clear mountain view.. moreover, tour groups usually don’t stay long enough to catch the best view due to time constraint.

  • wiseinvestor said on April 4, 2010 3:51 pm

    Your friend Laytin is pretty.

  • Mark H said on April 13, 2010 4:58 am

    I was stunned by the visual effects and settings in Avatar. Not normally my kind of movie, I thought it fantastic. And the Chinese mountains do look very similar to those in the movie with their craggy tops and steep sides.

  • rodolfo Angeles said on May 11, 2010 1:02 am

    AMAZING! that’s all i can say!

  • Juliana Roux said on June 7, 2010 12:20 am

    I was dreaming about 2 nights ago about people that was traveling with a bus (me included) and along the way the people that was suppose to be on the boat, names was written in white on the mountains. And at the destination there was two peaks like a pole in the water and 10 boats built to carry people to survive. I don’t know why we were there, but funny enough I feel welcome there to be a survivor. Weird Hey!!

  • gagas said on April 2, 2011 8:32 pm


  • mac said on July 17, 2011 10:20 pm

    should have more write up on how to go to the place and the surrounding of it instead of just photos.

  • eunice said on July 17, 2011 10:23 pm

    @mac: good idea, perhaps you can contribute some of the info to share with us. :)

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