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The Franco-Chinese Institute

China is a part of Lyon's history!

In 1920 Lyon was selected for setting up the only Chinese University outside China!

The Franco-Chinese Institute received students from 1921 until after the end of the second world war, 473 Chinese students, 11% of whom were girls.

Pass under the porch of the Fort Saint-Irénée, engraved with Zhong Fa Da Xue ideograms, and visit the exhibition on the Institute, illustrated by numerous library photographs (texts in French and Chinese).

Discover a whole unknown part of  history of Lyon and China via the destinies of seven former students. 

practical information

Visit on foot.

Duration: 2 hours.


A la carte group rate quotes available on request to the Guide Bureau 
Online or at +33(0)4 72 77 72 33 or at

Visits on foot are programmed for 30 people at the most, except in special cases (museums, workshops, monuments…). 
For larger groups, several guides may be reserved.

Visits are subject to authorization by the Franco-Chinese Institute.

reservation info


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The guided tour Charter