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BEIJING - A city in a scenic part of southern China has denied renaming a craggy peak after the floating mountains that appear in the Hollywood blockbuster Avatar after an on-line backlash, state media said yesterday.

BEIJING - A city in a scenic part of southern China has denied renaming a craggy peak after the floating mountains that appear in the Hollywood blockbuster Avatar after an on-line backlash, state media said yesterday.

The Southern Sky Column in Zhangjiajie in southern Hunan province formally had its name changed to Avatar Hallelujah Mountain in a ceremony on Monday, according to the Zhangjiajie government website.

The government said the floating Hallelujah Mountains in the movie were inspired by the Southern Sky Column after a Hollywood photo-grapher spent time shooting there in 2008. But Zhangjiajie has now denied doing so, Xinhua news agency said.

"We just put up a poster of two pictures comparing South Sky Pillar with Hallelujah Mountain to show people that the Avatar mountain originated here," Xinhua quoted Ding Yunyong, head of the city's tourism department, as saying. - Reuters

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