The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published a new Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China (Form v.2013). It should be used for all visa applications after September 1, 2013. The MFA announcement (in Chinese) is here.
The form has been updated to reflect new visa categories per the Exit-Entry Administration Law.
Answers should be typed on the form. Handwritten forms will no longer be accepted.
The form is here: http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/fwxx/P020130816389287459112.pdf.