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Now you can visit Avatar's Hallelujah Mountains, in China

01.29.2010

Alright, so it's a slow news week with the biggest stories of the last five days being a psychic website and a theory that Stanley Kubrick faked the moon landing, so excuse my reaching here, but I though this was interesting enough.

AVATAR is the number one grossing film in China by a mile now, and they love it so damn much, they’ve decided to name a mountain in its honor (pictured).

Tourism chiefs in central China have moved to cash in on the smash-hit popularity of James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar by renaming a peak the "Hallelujah Mountain" after the floating rocks in the film.

A 1,074-metre tall (3,523ft) column of rock in the Wulingyuan Scenic Zone in Hunan Province previously known as the Southern Sky Column was re-christened in a special ceremony this week involving hundreds of local people dressed in the region's ethnic Tujia costumes.

The park, a World Natural Heritage site, formed part of the inspiration for the floating mountains in the film, which this week officially become China's most popular film, grossing more than $100m at the box office.

"Formed part of the inspiration for the floating mountains in the film?" I’m assuming it inspired the “mountains” part rather than the “floating” part, but if not, I’m buying the next ticket to China to see these things in person and catch myself a Banshee. Hey, I can’t see where that mountain ends in that picture…

Extra Tidbit: So who can explain away why exactly these things floated in the movie? That sort of irked me.
Source: WSJ

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