Many countries require a Visa to travel to China. Visa processing times various between countries. We highly recommend that you begin your visa application 2 months prior to travel to avoid possible delays in certain embassies and/or consulates.
Please see links below for visa information and countries that require visas to China:
http://cibtvisas.com/ (For US residence)
http://www.chinatours.com/travel-faqs/china-visa.html (for General information and frequently asked questions)
The sites above are offered as general information to help foreign travelers understand the visa process and some of the rules for foreigners traveling to China. The information is accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting. However, visa rules are complex and vary based on nationality and the type of visa for which you are applying. Please check directly with your Chinese Embassy or Consulate for additional information.