(1) Passport: Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy 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 recently-taken color passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background attached
(3) Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship): If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid certificates or visa of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.
(4) Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign citizens those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship)
For further details, please visit China Consular Affairs web-site: http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/wgrlh/lhqz/lhqzjjs/t1095035.shtml click Visit China to see a full list of visa obligations by country.
Visa application forms can be downloaded and filled out here http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/zlbg/bgzl/lhqz/P020130828561586361528.pdf