Nobody likes rejection, but if you’re planning on visiting these countries you might have to prepare for the worst…
Chinese Embassies are getting increasingly strict when it comes to visa applications. The Embassy will require a long list of documents including flights in and out of China and a hotel booking confirmation for every night of your stay.
If you’re planning to stay for 30 days or less, they’ll generally issue your visa without any problems. But for stays longer than that (and/or if you’re visiting sensitive areas like Western China), you’ll also need to provide a detailed day by day itinerary of your trip.
You can only apply for this visa in your country of citizenship or permanent residence. And in many of their application centres (including the UK), applications can only be submitted by appointment. Plan early, as the next available appointment could be a few weeks away.