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.