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