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With interest in the Premier League growing around the world, 79-year-old 'Granny Liu' was voted China's biggest Premier League fan this season.

With interest in the Premier League growing around the world, 79-year-old 'Granny Liu' was voted China's biggest Premier League fan this season

A 79 year-old grandmother was named the winner of a VisitBritain competition to find China’s biggest Premier League fan this season.

Passionate Arsenal fan Hong Wen Liu, known as 'Granny Liu', was delighted to win a football-themed trip to the UK. The trip from her home in Shanghai included VIP seats to an Arsenal match at the Emirates, meeting players and a tour of the training ground.

Despite it being a less established sport in the country, there are an estimated 307 million people in China who are interested in football - and over half are interested in the Premier League.

Fans in China categorise the Premier League as a fast-paced, exciting and passionate league, which above all is competitive throughout the season and between all clubs.

At least two matches a week are available on free-to-air television and all 380 are available online.

With football being the number one sporting draw for tourists to Britain and Chinese visitors spending £586 million in 2015, Granny Liu is certainly part of that growing appeal.

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