Vista Chinesa (Chinese Overlook) in Rio de Janeiro is a 380-meter (1,247-foot) high view surrounded by lush vegetation. This is one of the few perspectives in Rio from where you can have both Corcovado Mountain, the Christ statue and Sugar Loaf in one single photo.
The overlook features a Chinese-style pagoda, which was built in the early 20th Century. History records confirm that Chinese immigrants came to Brazil and settled in Rio de Janeiro in the 19th Century to start a tea plantation.
Every day, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Best time to visit the Chinese Overlook
Although the Chinese Overlook is on the way to Tijuca Forest, it is best to stop there on the way back to avoid aiming your camera into the sun (this is an issue from approximately November through March only). Afternoons are ideal – after 12 noon, or after 1 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time.
Note: if there are low-hanging clouds obscuring Corcovado Mountain, it can be sign that you may see very little or nothing from Chinese Lookout.