The new Brazilian TL sites are interesting - for various reasons:
- Is Brazil finally moving towards pushing its cultural heritage more (and might the other BRIC countries, in particular China and India, have inspired it to it)?
- Is a regional strategy at play? The Quixadá site is in Ceará, which has no sites so far; the serial fortresses nomination also generously spreads its love across most coastal states (incl. some, like Santa Catarina, with no sites so far). In contrast, Minas Gerais, which has a lot of cultural sites already, is not covered.
- Is a "Chinese" strategy at play of providing Brazil's major cities with the WH label? Rio could become a new Seoul, as mentioned by meltwaterfalls, or a new Beijing. At the same time, with the theatres and fortresses TL sites, cities like Manaus, Belém, Florianópolis, Recife and Natal could also become World Heritage Cities. (Belém also has Ver-o-Peso, included in the TL last year, as a hedge).