Tuesday, January 26, 2010

From Chinese Brush Painting to Avatar – Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China

Avatar Hallelujah Mountain - Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China When I visited Zhangjiajie in November and wrote the blog post in December of 2009, I was only in awe of the natural beauty that my eyes encountered – the unique rock formation, the mist, the forest, and the Chinese brush paintings that kept on coming to mind. 

So wait, the "South Heaven Pillar" that I saw through the viewfinder of my camera became the floating Hallelujah Mountain in the movie Avatar?  And little did I know that Will I Find Na'vis from Avatar - Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, Chinathe government was this quick to cash in on the fame of this Hollywood 3D movie and changed the mountain’s name to “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” in an official ceremony yesterday. 

Does this mark the milestone of Hollywood having a hand in the Chinese traditional art?  Imagine how the paintings will be having descriptions of fishing boat, willow, stream, …, and Avatar.  This truly is a manifestation of a global village that we live in.

Now, feeling having missed the history by just one step, I regret not looking hard enough for the alien Na’vis behind those misty thick woods.

Are These the Floating Hallelujah Mountains - Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China


traveler 1 said...

Amazing to know that Avatar is using this mountain as one of their scene. Amai..zing.

Catfish Tales said...

It's one of my goals to see these incredible formations in Zhangjiajie on vacation while teaching in Beijing this spring semester.

TheFreeMinder said...

Traveler 1 and Catfish Tales -

Thank you for stopping by and commenting on this post!

Catfish Tales -

I hope you enjoy Zhangjiajie as much as I did. If time allows, Sichuan is Hunan's neighboring province and is worth visiting as well. I have a few posts on several locations, such as Mount Emei, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, and will write one on Grand Buddha of Leshan. Hope these help you plan your trip. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions while planning your visit.

Would love to hear your thoughts after the trip as well.

Have a great weekend!