China Renames Mountain After Avatar

Hunan province gets its own 'Avatar Hallelujah Mountain'

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 26, 2010 12:05 PM CST

(Newser) Avatar fandom has reached new heights: China changed the name of one of its mountains to “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” in an official ceremony yesterday. The mountain formerly known as “Southern Sky Column” is in a southern province, and the government claims it inspired Avatar’s floating “Hallelujah Mountains,” Reuters reports. And no, it’s not just a name change—there are, of course, two Avatar-themed tours available.

A general view of Zhangjiajie National Park on December 12, 2005 in China's Central Hunan province.
A general view of Zhangjiajie National Park on December 12, 2005 in China's Central Hunan province.   (Getty Images)
A cable car goes up to the peak of Tianmen Mountain on December 11, 2005 at Zhangjiajie National Park in China's Central Hunan province.
A cable car goes up to the peak of Tianmen Mountain on December 11, 2005 at Zhangjiajie National Park in China's Central Hunan province.   (Getty Images)
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