The simplest solution is to head over to Hong Kong to apply or a Chinese Visa.
Why Hong Kong???
-the food is fantastic
-an ideal place to start your travels in China
-an excellent destination with loads to do and see while you wait for your visa to be processed
-very accessible from mainland China
-most people don’t need a visa to enter Hong Kong
-Hong Kong is the easiest place in the world to get a legitimate Chinese visa
Step 1: Getting to Hong Kong
Step 2: How to Apply for the Visa
China Visa Office - very cheap but slow, lots of paperwork and lots of queuing. Their details are
7th Floor, Lower Block, China Resources Building
No.26, Harbor Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong SAR
Tel: 852-34132424 (available at 10:00-11:00am, 3:00-4:00pm on workdays)
Opening hours: 9am-12pm then 2-5pm Monday to Friday
Good Visa Agency - A little pricy but you can get your visa in one day, no paperwork and no queuing. This is the details of a good one I use
Room 916-917 Tower B New Mandarin Plaza
14 Science Museum Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2369 3188
Opening hours: 8:30am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 1:30pm Saturday
Step 3: After Collecting Your Visa
If you are going to China, skip Shenzhen and Guangzhou, not much there. Intead follow the coast to Shantou and keep going OR head west to Yangshuo then Yunnan.
If you are going to enjoy Hong Kong, take a ride on the Star Ferry, hike Victoria Peak, visit Repulse Bay, stroll down Nathan Road and browse at the Temple Street night market.
For more detailed information on getting a Chinese visa in Hong Kong, see here http://chinatravelgo.com/how-to-apply-for-a-chinese-visa-in-hong-kong-china/