Getting ready for Chinese trip is essential. It is recommended to go to Chinese embassy and ask Chinese consul for all information you need.
The Chinese government requires that your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the expiry date of your visa. Passports are also needed as it will be the prime means of identification. You will have to show them when you cash travelers checks, make plane or train reservations, exchange money or establish the holder's identity.You'll need at least one-entire blank page in your passport for the visa. Your country's embassy or consulate can usually add additional pages to your passport if need be.
Foreign tourists must apply for visas at Chinese embassy in your country, consulates or other organizations authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A group of five tourists or more can apply for a group tourist visa. This is usually handled by a travel agency organizing groups. If travel in group, the visa will be kept by the accompanying guide and for individual traveler, visa, which is insert into the passport, should be kept by himself.
People coming to China from countries which have visa agreements with China (such as agreements which exempt tourist groups from visas) are treated in accordance with these agreements.
If anyone wants to go to Tibet for a visit you can apply for a visa only with the consent of the Tourism Administration of the Tibet Autonomous Region or any one of its foreign representative offices.
There are different types of visas. Visa can be Diplomatic, Courtesy, Service or Ordinary Visa to a foreigner according to his/her identity, purpose of visit to China and passport type.
Losing your passport is very bad news indeed. Getting a new one takes time and money. However, if you will be staying in China or any foreign country - for a long time, it helps tremendously to register your passport with your embassy. This will eliminate the need to send telexes back to your home country to confirm that you really exist. If you lose your passport, you should certainly have ID card with your photo many embassies require this before issuing a new passport. Some embassies will accept a driver's license, but others will not - an expired passport will often save the day.
For applying visa, applicants should come in person or through a third party (e.g. Travel Agent or Tour Operator) to apply for the Chinese visa. The procedure of applying you can know from Chinese consul. Usually, the processing time is about 5- 7 working days.
Chinese consul may also recommend to apply by mail. It takes 2 weeks to process the application, so there is no same day or express day service. It is advised that your passport(s) should be sent by registered post for security and proof of posting needs to be kept. Don't forget to enclose a self-addressed envelope, the visa application form and payment.
After you have applied and got your visa, you should reserve air tickets and look for a hotel. China isn't a country - it's a different world. China is a land of cultural and geographic schisms. And this trip you will never forget. Anyway if you face some problems during your trip, Chinese consul in your country will help you to solve them