I am bias. Much of the movie is in shades of blue including the Na’vi. Since blue is the colour I will always choose over all others, how can I not love this movie. This scene of the floating mountains in Pandorawas inspired by the massive quartz sandstone pillars in ZhangJiaJie National Forest Park, Hunan, China. Thus, when I was told there was a trip to "Pandora" in 2019, I was one ecstatic girl. Our flight was at 6.10pm, I was in the airport at 9am,
Monday, August 9, 2021
JOURNEY INTO THE AVATAR HALLELUJAH MOUNTAINS
with my packed egg sandwiches and my hooty pouch! I am a simple girl - I like blue, I like birds, I am happy! It did not matter I had a 9-hour wait, I was gonna see "Pandora."
The trip started with a long trek to the Muzium tomb of the Han family and by the time we arrived at the Yu An Academy in Hunan Uni in Changsa, we had walked 12.7 km. Our laoshi (teacher) believes in keeping his group fit, and walking 18,000 steps is just a "walk in the park." Amen!
It was only on Days 4 and 5 that I got to see the floating mountains.
It was not just a joy trip, we practised qigong too.
We reached YuanJiaJie Scenic area on a gloomy drizzling morning and wow, it was crowded.
We stepped into the Guinness World Records highest and fastest Bailong elevator. Since everyone wanted to face the mountain view, tiny me squeezed to the front and knelt down.
A mere 2 minutes of breathless view as we followed the needle-like karst monsters from bottom to top.
We walked 13.44 km, 19,175 steps from morning to dusk
rising and disappearing into mists.
The rains came and I untangled my purple rain coat. Savvy K said I looked like Barney, the purple dinosaur. She was just envious she had to stay home!
This is the "one thousand metre" cliff. Karst mountains form when hard sandstone structures are pushed up. Weathering, water erosion and collapse of the surroundings produce the vertical faces. Just when I thought I had seen the best platform ranges,
the next corner brought an even better view. The trail was crowded.
We didn't complain as our 20 plus member group