To apply for an appropriate visa will make a foreigner's life
and work in China much easer. The Chinese visa authorities will
issue a relevant visa according to the purpose of the entry. To
apply for a Chinese visa, an applicant needs to provide a valid
passport and, when necessary, relevant certificates.
The authorities of the Chinese government abroad for handling
foreigner's application for entry or transit visa are Chinese
diplomatic missions abroad, consular offices and other overseas
agencies authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of
China. The authorities of the Chinese government in Beijing for
handling foreigners' application for entry, transit, residence and
travel visas are Division of visa for Foreigners of the Department;
MFA; the Foreign Affairs Office of the People's Government of
Beijing Municipality; Division of Entry and Exit Administration of
Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau.
(english.gov.cn October 20, 2006)