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China renames mountain ‘Avatar’, Zhangjiajie National Park, China – 25 Jan 2010
A famous mountain in China has had its name officially changed in honour of the blockbuster movie ‘Avatar’. The quartz sandstone pillar, formerly called “Nan Tian Yi Zhu” (Stick in the Southern Sky), is one of three thousand mountain peaks rising majestically in Zhangjiajie national park. The name of the towering peak, which reaches an altitude of 1,074 metres, has now been changed to “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain.” It is thought that the breathtaking formation helped inspire the suspended mountains of Pandora, which are featured in James Cameron’s hit new film. According to park officials, in December 2008 Hollywood photographer Scott Hansen came to the area and shot a number of photos that were used by the film’s artists. In the film, the floating peaks of Pandora are known as the “thundering rocks” by the indigenous blue skinned Na’vi people, and they form the backdrop for the film’s most stunning fight sequences.