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In all probity, you have watched the blockbuster “Avatar” once, if not multiple times. You’re also probably familiar with “Pandora” and “unobtanium” by now and were blown away by the hallucinatory floating mountains of the James Cameron film.

What if those Hallelujah (floating) mountains are on Earth? Well, come to Hubei (Hu-bay) Province of Central China for such an out-of-the-world experience.

Hubei’s capital Enshi is home to China’s Grand Canyon. Its soaring mountains, deep canyons, meandering rivers, heavenly waterfalls and the beauty that they exhibit can give you a feel of being in Pandora’s misty and mythical  mountains. Enshi proudly displays the peaks and valleys of what is known today as China’s Grand Canyon.


A Daily Mail report had stated that the Hallelujah (floating) mountains were inspired from such Chinese mountains and James Cameron’s film came after a Hollywood photographer spent time shooting in Southern Hunan in 2008.

As film fans started to flock to see the mountain columns, the column was officially named as the “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain.”


Zhangjiajie branch of China International Travel Service Corp offers tourists two packages: “Magical tour to Avatar-Pandora” or a “Miracle tour to Avatar’s floating mountain.” Visit for more details.

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