From Film to Reality: How Fans Find Their Fantasy Worlds; Layne Vandenberg; Diplomat

Jiufen’s A-Mei Teahouse may not have inspired Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, but fans visit in droves anyway.

Source: From Film to Reality: How Fans Find Their Fantasy Worlds


  • OMG, I am absolutely dying to see these! Thanks for such an informative guide, this is such helpful information in helping me plan out my own trip. These photos are pretty epic too, that landscape is just incredible!!


  • I’m thoroughly amazed by the pictures, and still somewhat in disbelief. All this while, I thought that particular scene in Avatar was all CGI animation! I’ve been to China several times, especially Chengdu, since my work sometimes require me to go there. I usually stay in serviced apartments in the city, at Fraser Suites Chengdu, perhaps I could arrange for something like a 2-day trip out to Hunan province the next time I’m there. Thank you for sharing!


  • Zhangjiajie looks like a place like no other. Thanks for sharing how to get there and where to stay. Hopefully in the near future I’ll get to visit.


  • After seeing your photos, I am in love with this place, I have to go there
    Thanks for sharing it


  • Hi, Just wanted to say thanks for writing so clearly . Your blog answered my questions perfectly.


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