China's 'Avatar World' to hold marathon in September

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Aerial photo taken on April 20, 2022 shows a view of the Wulingyuan scenic area in Zhangjiajie, central China's Hunan Province. Wulingyuan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is noted for its unique quartzite sandstone pillars and peaks across most of the site. (Xinhua/Chen Sihan)

As one of the prototypes for the scene in the movie Avatar, the famous Wulingyuan scenic area in central China's Zhangjiajie will play host to the Wulingyuan Ecological Marathon on September 11.

The race consists of three categories: full marathon, half marathon, and a mini-run. The number of runners is expected to reach 1,500 for the full marathon, 1,500 for the half marathon and 2,000 for the mini-run, organizers said.

Many unique pillar-like formations and floating mountains in Wulingyuan, which has been included on UNESCO's World Natural Heritage List, are reminiscent of Hollywood blockbuster Avatar.

"Not only will you find the perfect route for your personal capabilities, you will also enjoy breathtaking views along the way," an organizer told the press.

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