China Cancels Plans for Avatar Mountains


A city in China is retreating from an earlier report on its own official website that it had renamed a local mountain peak the "Avatar Hallelujah Mountain" after the floating ones in James Cameron's movie. According to a report from the state-run news agency, the people of Zhangjiajie City threw a fit and "accused officials of being money-oriented and blindly worshiping Western culture." Says a Zhangjiajie tourism official: “We only added a way to call the mountain. The previous name [Southern Sky Column] is not abolished." These plane tickets had better be refundable. [Reuters via ArtsBeat/NYT]