Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Huangshan Mountain

Huangshan is a granitic mountain range in southern Hunan province in eastern China, with some of its 72 peaks reaching more than 1000 metres above sea level. The mountains are composed of material that was uplifted 100 million years ago in the Mesozoic and then carved by glaciers during the Quaternary. Vegetation on the range is thickest below 1,100 metres and for more than 200 days each year the mountains of Huangshan are misty and cloudy. It is a World Heritage Site and covers a core area of 154 square kilometres with a buffer zone of 142 square kilometres.

Think you recognise these peaks but have not visited the area? In a tale of art imitating life imitating art, the Southern Sky Column (aka Pillar between Heaven and Earth) formally had its named changed to "Avatar Hallelujah Mountain". Why? Because the floating "Hallelujah Mountains" from Avatar were inspired by the Huangshan Mountains to which Southern Sky Column belongs. A Hollywood photographer spent time shooting in China for inspiration in 2008, and the karst formations in other parts of China also influenced the final design of the floating mountains.

Photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HuangShan.JPG

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