Get a Chinese Visa
Each "group" of states are assigned their own Consulates General, with the exception of California, which is divided into two sections. You can also apply at the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC.
There are currently 5 different Consulates General, located in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston.
Types of Visas
There are 16 different types of Visas that you can apply for. The first one, C, is not for tourists, so you won't be needing that one. D, the next one, is for people who wish to move to China permanently, and chances are, you're not doing that.
The "J" class is only for journalists.
Chances are, you just want to go into China as a tourist. Then choose the L Class.
Quote on quote from the Chinese Embassy in the USA, "L - Foreigners who intend to go to China as a tourist."
You'll need your passport
You will need
- Valid American Passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity.
- Visa Application Form and Photo.
- Proof of Legal Stay or Resident Status
- Documents showing the itinerary including round trip air ticket booking record and proof of hotel reservation.
There will also be a small Application Fee required to apply for a Visa.