Documents for China need to be notarised, then have an Apostille applied by the UK Foreign Office, then stamped at the Chinese consulate.
The procedure can be obtained by visiting the Peoples Republic of China website. A summary of the procedure follows:
A completed Application Form must be downloaded from the Peoples Republic of China Embassy Website.
A full copy of the notarial document legalised by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (with Apostille) also needs to be submitted along with other copies as detailed below.
Documents containing two or more pages must be bound by silk ribbon and sealed so that they are tamper proof.
The person bringing the documents to the consulate must provide a passport or other government issued photo ID.
Documents for private use must be submitted along with a copy of the passport of the either the applicant of of the person mentioned in any document.
For commercial documents, if the documents mention an incorporated body, a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation must be lodged along with the Current Appointments Report showing a list of Directors or Partners and a copy passport of a Director or Partner or all Directors and Partners mentioned in any document to be legalised.
A word of warning, if any documents mention the Republic of China, or an address in the Republic of China, the People’s Republic of China Consulate will refuse to deal with them.
The Consulate is located at 31 Portland Place London W1B 1QD. Telephone: 020 7631 1430. Office hours are 09.00am to 12.00pm. Please see their website for details.