ZHANGJIAJIE CHINA: Experiencing the Real Avatar

The first time I watched the movie Avatar, I was mesmerized by the beauty of Pandora Planet where the Na’vis lived. At that time, little did I know that the alien Pandora Planet was actually inspired by real places found in China. According to the book “The Art of Avatar”, the production team actually travelled around China capturing images of mountains to get references for Pandora’s floating mountains. They looked at many different types of mountains and finally settled for the regions of Zhangjiajie, Huangshan and Guilin.

I had the privilege of visiting Zhangjiajie and true enough, the beauty of this national park would simply blow you away. Everywhere you turn, there is not a single view that would not captivate your admiration. Looking at this place, one can’t help but realize that no one can create such natural beauty except our one and only God, the creator of heaven and earth.

Zhangjiajie has since developed into a popular tourist destination. To have a closer access to nature, the Chinese local government allowed the building of glass, metal and wooden walkways along the side of the mountains, a scenic glass elevator and the widely publicized glass bridge. These and many more have made visiting Zhangjiajie very worthwhile.

In this photo series, I tried to capture the beauty of Zhangjiajie. But I believe these photos do not do justice to the real beauty of the place. Hence, I encourage you to visit it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience; not to mention that it’s still quite cheap to travel in China.

(( Please click on the photos to see a clearer and bigger image ))


And by the way, for fans of Avatar, Director James Cameron signed with 20th Century Fox to come up with four more sequels: Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are presently filming, and probably will be released in December, 2020, and December, 2021 respectively.




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