Miao is a sub-division in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Miao is located in a region where it gets one of the heaviest rainfalls in the Northeast India. The Naodihing is the most important river flowing through Miao. The mountain range is called Patkai Bum and is the eastern extension of the Himalayas. The Miao region covers the towns of Diyun and Chowkham. Diyun being the strong-hold of the Chakmas and Chowkham to the Khamptis. Chowkham has generated wealth from plywood business to a degree that once it was the richest village in Asia. Though it is low in literacy, most of the people here boast of spunky cars.
It is a small town, but is well connected by road and has a transport station with a bus available daily. It’s also a popular tourist spot. Miao is also a good venue for adventure sports like trekking, hiking and angling. The Namdapha tiger project is situated here. There is a mini zoo, a museum and various other sites to be visited. Deban is the main tourist spot, 25 kms from Miao. The people here are mainly engaged in government jobs, but the people of nearby villages survive on agriculture.
Jhum cultivation is very famous here, now people have started tea plantations too. It is a developing town. Miao has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The main tribes in this region are the Tangsa, Singpho, and Lisu. A major chunk of Chakma and Tibetan refugees have a settlement area