No… that is not a scene from Avatar…

Here we have another example of a picture that has to be a Photoshop- and for once… it looks like a pro job. It is as if this scene was lifted straight from Avatar– except someone forgot to render in the “Sky People” and blue aliens. However this is in fact a real place called the Zhangjiajie National Park and it is located in China- not a different solar system.

This wonder of nature is China’s first recognized national forest park- and the most notable geographic features of the park are obviously the bizarre pillar-like formations. They are the result of many years of erosion. The weather is moist year round- and as a result- the foliage is very dense. Much of the erosion which forms these pillars are the result of expanding ice in the winter and the plants which grow on them. These formations are a distinct hallmark of Chinese landscape- and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings. So if are planning on filming a space opera and are short on budget… then this is the place you want to film it! Also be sure to check out the video after the jump!

These bizarre rock formations sure remind me of Avatar!

Sometimes the real world can be as bizarre as any science fiction movie…


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