Vista Chinesa

Chinese View is an excellent look off in the Tijuca Forest. It is called Vista Chinesa (portuguese for Chinese View) because in the 1900’s when Chinese immigrants came to Brazil to start tea growing, they developed this road and view area in the Tijuca Forest between the Botanical Garden and Boa Vista. They put a Pagoda( temple) so visitors could appreciate and contemplate this amazing view. The Pagoda that is there today has stone dragon heads with water spouts and is similar to the Pagoda that was there in 1903. We really enjoyed the look off and climbing on old stairs and paths in the Tijuca Forest.

Just for interest: Tijuca Forest is a mountainous hand-planted rainforest. It is the world’s largest urban forest, covering  32 km². After all the original forest had been destroyed to make way for coffee farms, Tijuca was replanted in the second half of the 19th century in a successful effort to protect Rio’s water supply.

On our way to Vista Chinesa
On our way to Vista Chinesa


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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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