A mountain range in the region of Zhangjiajie and mountain in AvatarHaving all but banned James Cameron's world dominating epic from their cinemas (see why here) hasn't stopped China from attempting to get some extra tourist income from Avatar.

In the most shameless instance of self promotion since New Zealand wouldn't stop going on about Lord of the Rings, a mountain range in the region of Zhangjiajie in China's southern Hunan province has been renamed 'Hallelujah Mountains' after the awe inspiring vistas on Avatar's fictional planet of Pandora (or as the Na'vi refer to them, the 'Thundering Rocks').

Find out more after the jump... A mountain range in the region of Zhangjiajie and mountain in AvatarHaving all but banned James Cameron's world dominating epic from their cinemas (see why here) hasn't stopped China from attempting to get some extra tourist income from Avatar.

In the most shameless instance of self promotion since New Zealand wouldn't stop going on about Lord of the Rings, a mountain range in the region of Zhangjiajie in China's southern Hunan province has been renamed 'Hallelujah Mountains' after the awe inspiring vistas on Avatar's fictional planet of Pandora (or as the Na'vi refer to them, the 'Thundering Rocks').

Whilst there are several differences between the two mountains - one of them floats and is pretend, the other doesn't and is not - the Chinese mountain formally known as The Southern Sky Column did serve as a source of inspiration for the film's impressive landscapes and so does at least have a legitimate link.

The China International Travel Service Corp certainly think so too as their promotional pack boasts that: "Pandora is far but Zhangjiajie is near. Welcome to Zhangjiajie to see Avatar's Hallelujah Mountains and discover the real world of Pandora."

Whether a visit to China is ever really going to match up to the experience of travelling through outer space to meet aliens and partake in a thinly veiled Iraq war parable isn't yet certain. We do however like the idea of renaming real places after fictional film settings. So with that in mind, here's a few of our own. Perhaps the Queen should live in Howl's Moving Castle instead of Buckingham Palace, or folks getting off the end of the London Underground's Northern line could depart at Mordor instead of Morden. Oh, and maybe West Ham should play at 'Jurassic' rather than 'Upton' Park.

Please feel free to give us some of your own suggestions. And check out the two pictures below and see if you can spot the difference...

The Zhangjiajie mountain range...

...And Avatar's Hallelujah Mountains

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