All foreign visitors to China are advised to apply for their visa well in advance of their arrival.
The standard single 3-month visa costs about AU$109.50 (AU$60 for the visa and AU$49.50 for the application service fee) for Australian citizens and slightly less for New Zealand nationals.
There are some exceptions for people journeying on a group tour that runs for less than 15 days – speak with your tour organiser about this if it applies to you.
Also be aware that visa and other entry conditions can change at short notice.
If you need further information, it’s recommended that you contact your nearest Chinese embassy for up-to-date details.