Chinese people are so much different from Europeans or Americans by culture, appearance, mentality and worldview. All white people look just the same for them (actually like all Asians look the same for us) and as for black-skinned people, so chinese are either afraid or want to touch them (with blondes they do that too quite often, believe me).
Since China becomes more and more developed, no wonders it attracts more attention. Our image of China is no longer a poor country where people eat insects and sell cheap clothes, but a world leader country with many tourist attractions and job opportunities.
China was the first country where I travelled alone. It all started when a chinese agency saw my dance videos and photos in a russian social network and offered me to work as a resident DJ in a chinese nightclub after visiting a DJ school in Shenzhen, a major financial center in southern China. Since I have sense of rhythm and look european, which Chinese consider as very beautiful, the agency predicted my success as a female DJ there.