Zhangjiajie is located on the northwestern border of Hunan province. Zhangjiajie features a variety of different terrains including: mountainous regions, upland areas, plains, and Karst rock areas. Among these, the mountains cover 76 percent of the total area. Wulingyuan Scenic Area, located on the base of these great mountains, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, as a result of the jaw-dropping scenery that it contains.
Zhangjiajie is considered one of the best national parks in all of China, and what's more, it's also one of the most famous filming locations in the country. In fact, it is China’s oldest national park. Within the Wulingyuan Scenic Area is one of the principle inspirations for the look and design of the 2010 global blockbuster of Avatar. Zhangjiajie’s primary influence on Avatar can be seen in the resemblance between the landscape and with the movie’s “Haalelujah Mountains”. Endowed with traditional ethnic culture, numerous natural rock formations, unique peaks, primitive forests, beautiful cascades, caves and underground cataracts, this superb film setting always draws the eyes of all visitors from home and abroad.
On a trip to Zhangjiajie you will see the Southern Sky Column - the prototype of the "Hallelujah Mountains" in Avatar. In January 2010, it had been renamed "Hallelujah Mountain Avatar" by the local government in honor of the film. You will also be given a stunning bird's eye view of the "Road to the Sky" - The road was built to spiral along the high mountains and has 99 bends, and looks amazingly beautiful. You’ll walk up along the "steps to the heaven", and then walk through a hole - "the gate of heaven" to experience your real Pandora tour.