As a followup to an earlier question: I'm planning to travel to China shortly, and I'm looking into visa agents - those companies that will accept your passport and application documents by FedEx or UPS (etc.) shipment, submit the application on your behalf, pick up the passport with visa and ship it back to you. I want to be very certain that whatever visa agent I use will keep my passport secure and return it in the time frame that they say they will. Can anyone recommend a good visa agent which operates with the Chinese consulate in New York City? I'm primarily interested in a good record with respect to passport safety and prompt service; cost is a secondary concern.
I don't have experience specifically with the NY consulate, but I have used VisaHQ for various visas and they were fast and reliable. I believe they apply for your visas through the consulates located in Washington DC.
I used CIBT once to get a Chinese business visa. I got my visa in less than a week, and didn't have any issues. Of course, this is just one data point. CIBT fee was around $100 (my employer covered it).
I wound up using China Visa Service Center and had no problems. It took around two weeks from application to the return of my passport with the visa in it.