If you wish to travel to China as a tourist, then you can apply online for the China Group Visa.

The good news is that today you can apply without visiting a Chinese Embassy to do so. You simply https://www.ivisa.com/apply-online/china, and the Chinese Government will send you your Visa Letter to your home.

The China Group Visa is a type of visa that is issued to a group composed of at least two members.

Only one (1) visa document will be sent to the group thus the group of people have to enter and exit China together!

Example, if you are 3 friends/family members traveling  to China then you will all apply together for the China Group Visa and all 3 traveler´s details will appear on the same Visa letter.  You will then take this copy with you when you travel - BUT the 3 candidates HAVE to arrive to China together with this type of visa.

Note that this eVisa replaces the old traditional visa sticker that you would get in your passport, now you get an approval letter after your visa application and entry into China was approved.

Quick re-cap:

One, you apply online for your visa as a group (min 2 people)

Two, the visa will be approved by the Chinese Government. 

Three, after the visa is approved it will be mailed to you (15 days before your departure to China) wherever you are in the world.
Four, take this document with you when you travel

VALIDITY: Your visa will be valid for a maximum of 15 days, thus you can stay 15 days inside China.

NOTE: You will receive your visa 2 weeks prior to your arrival to China.