One of my favorite scenes in James Cameron's "Avatar" is when Jake, Grace and the crew fly through the Hallelujah Mountains. You remember -- the super casual floating mountains of Pandora that take your breath away and seem way too good to be true. Mountains that float may be a bit beyond belief, but the towering pillars of rock are not. Actually, this magical place is based off of a very REAL place in China: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
According to the book, "The Art of Avatar," designer Steve Messing actually visited China's national parks while planning for the film, taking photos to reference before ultimately creating Pandora's floating mountains on-screen.
As an avid "Avatar" fan, you can imagine my excitement upon discovering that this national park exists. It has quickly moved to the top of my must-travel list, and after taking a glance at the pictures you'll see why.