Getting your visa
First thing's first - getting there. With a few exceptions, most foreigners travelling to China need to get a visa. It's recommended that you apply at least one month prior to your departure date. The L visa is a tourist visa that is generally sufficient for those with plans to take a single short-term trip to China. Citizens of the US, UK, Canada, Israel and Argentina are eligible to apply for a 10-year visa which allows one to enter the country multiple times over the course of a decade without going through the application process over and over again.