Foreign participants usually need a visa to enter China. You are advised to submit your visa application to the appropriate authorities as early as possible, in order not to delay your travel plan.
We recommend that you apply for a tourist visa (category L), which is the simplest and fastest one. Before submitting your application, please always check with the Chinese Embassies or Consulates General in your local region for the latest information. You may find a complete list of Chinese Embassies and Consulates General here. In many countries (except the US), the tourist visa may be applied through the Chinese Visa Application Service Center. Note that applications sent by postal mails are usually not accepted.
For your reference, we list here the necessary items you will need for the L visa according to here. Please remember to check with the Chinese Embassies or Consulates General in your local region for the complete requirements.
1. Passport: Original signed passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a copy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate.
2. Visa Application Form and Photo: One completed Visa Application Form with a photo on glossy photo paper glued onto the form (your photo must meet the requirements).
3. Documents: showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation. Note that you usually don't need an invitation letter for the L visa.