张家界 (Zhāngjiājiè) is a town and a natural park in Húnán province, famous for its spellbinding mountain structures.
Tourists have long flocked to see the breathtaking peaks, but their numbers were boosted even more after it became known that the mountains had inspired the flying “Hallelujah mountains” in the 2009 James Cameron blockbuster, “Avatar”. One of the mountains was later named after the movie!
The unusual sharp peaks of Zhāngjiājiè have not just inspired the makers of the fantasy world of Pandora - painters have been marveling at the mists, monkeys, and jagged rock formations for centuries, and many have been given creative names to describe the creatures they look like.
The park also features the highest glass bridge in the world, at a maddening 260 meters / 850 ft above ground - bungee jump, anyone?
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