5 Stunningly Surreal Images of the Real Mountains The Movie Avatar was based on

The incredible surreal landscape in the mega movie Avatar was actually based on a real place in China - The Tianzi Mountains. The name Tianzi means Son of Heaven in Chinese. These mountains are located in the northern part of Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Hunan Province, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve is one of the four scenic spots in Wulingyuan (three other spots are the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the Suoxiyu Natural Resource Reserve and the Yangjiajie Scenic Area). It covers an area of 67 square kilometers (about 16,550 acres), and the highest peak is 1,262 meters (about 4,140 feet) above the sea level.

These incredible Mountains were formed from quartz sandstone being part of a larger sedimentary rocks formed underneath the ancient ocean. Over time the pressure of the rocks and sends above pressed the sedimentary rocks to form much harder quartz sandstones. Over a series of geological movement such as the Himalayan and Neotectonic movements, the place rose up above the water level. During such movement, the quartz sandstones were pushed into erecting position. The surround softer sedimentary rocks were gradually cut away by running waters and other weather conditions over millions of years.

The Tianzi Mountain provides different stunning views during different seasons. These stunning views are generally categorised as the four wonders: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter.

Visitors can take a cable car to see these charming peaks. With 692 meters' (about 2,270 feet) difference in elevation, the aerial tramway is 2,084 meters (about 2,279 yards) in length. The minimum running time is six minutes and twenty-two seconds for a single trip during which visitors can keep the wonderful scenery of the Tianzi Mountain in view.

The yearly average temperature is 12 degrees centigrade, and annual average rainfall is 1,800 mm. There are around 240 frost-free days. The best time to explore this mountain are April, May, September and October.

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