How you can visit the real Pandora of Avatar

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

If you're like the depressives who lament the fact that they can't actually download their consciousnesses into Na'vi aliens a la Avatar—or you'd simply like to see the landscape that inspired James Cameron's awe-inspiring Pandora—China wants you to know the real Pandora is in Hunan Province.

And they're renaming one of their mountains in honor of the movie.

The Daily Telegraph reports:

Tourism chiefs in central China have moved to cash in on the smash-hit popularity of James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar by renaming a peak the "Hallelujah Mountain" after the floating rocks in the film.

A 1,074-metre tall (3,523ft) column of rock in the Wulingyuan Scenic Zone in Hunan Province previously known as the Southern Sky Column was re-christened in a special ceremony this week involving hundreds of local people dressed in the region's ethnic Tujia costumes.

The park, a World Natural Heritage site, formed part of the inspiration for the floating mountains in the film, which this week officially become China's most popular film, grossing more than $100m at the box office.

Cameron's designers have acknowledged basing Pandora's floating mountains in part on the Chinese mountains.

"Pandora is far, but Zhangjiajie is near," Song Zhiguang, director of the Yuanjiajie Scenic Spot Administration, told the official Xinhua news agency. "Tourists are welcome to the 'Miracle tour to Avatar's floating mountains.'"

Are you ready to take a trip?

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