On 23 December 2009, during a press conference in Beijing to promote Avatar, a film that went on to batter box-office records worldwide,
director James Cameron revealed that China was the inspiration for some of the alien planet scenes in the film,
especially the “Hallelujah Mountains”, which he said were modeled after the Huangshan mountain range. He recalled sending his crew
to the site to view the scenery and take pictures. “All we had to do was simply recreate Huangshan in outer space.”
Huangshan, also known as the Yellow Mountains, is located in the southern part of Anhui Province. It is undoubtedly China’s most
celebrated mountain range due to its grandeur and beauty. In 1990, it was declared a World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site by
the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
Within an area of 154 square kilometers, the mountain range consists of a crowd of peaks. Seventy-two of them have names indicating
the shapes they resemble, with Lotus, Brightness Apex and Celestial Capital, the largest three, all rising above 1,800 meters.
The mountains are a body of granite, often with vertical joints. When it is cloudy, the pinnacles loom in mists as if they were illusionary.
When the sun shines, they unfold in all their majesty and splendor.
Ever since ancient times, Huangshan has been frequented by tourists seeking their mystery and admiring their beauty.
The fantastic pine trees, the grotesque rocks, the sea of clouds and the hot springs are four major attractions.
The Yellow Mountains have a long history to which ancient books, poems and paintings, as well as carved inscriptions, all bear witness.
Poetic phrases in handsome calligraphy can be found in many spots on the mountain;
having become part of the fascinating scene themselves.
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