Since 2016, if you have a passport form one of the countries listed on this page, it seems to be possible to get a group Chinese visa directly online at China Visa Direct, a platform that claims to be authorized by the Ministry of Public Safety of the People’s Republic of China.
This means that you may get a group visa without having to go to the consulate or mail your passport.
Update: Use the coupon code #CH170302SPRDCN10# to get a 10% discount at China Visa Direct.
The advantages of online visas
- If you have an EU passport the visa only costs 99 Euro a person for your group (the reason is because there aren’t any intermediaries or consular fees). If your passport is from a different country, here you’ll find a complete list of prices);
- You won’t have to go to the consulate or mail your passport, saving time and worry about losing your precious document.