Miao

Miao is another popular sightseeing attraction of Changlang. It is a small town as well as the headquarters of Miao sub-division located on the banks of River Noa-Dehing. It also comprises of a mountain range called the Patkai Bum as well as forms the eastern extension of the Himalayas.

Its main attractions include its mini zoo, museum and the Tibetan Refugee Settlement where colourful woollen carpets are produced. Its oil drilling at Kharsang and Manabum along with its tea plantations and opium cultivation are also quite popular.
Miao is located in the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The geographical coordinates are at 27.49°N and 96.20°E and is raised at an elevation of 213 meters above sea level. The city is located about 25 km from Assam border and 110 km from the district headquarters Changlang.

Located at the banks of the River Noa-Dehing, it is one of the heaviest rainfall receiving areas in the north-east India. The mountain range here is called Patkai Bum and it is the eastern extension of the Himalayas.

The Changlang district is bounded by Lohit district in the north, Myanmar in the south, Assam in the west and Tirap district in the south west. The major Rivers of the district are Noa-Dehing, Namchik, Tirap, Namphuk, Dapha, Namphai, Tissu, Tarit, Tara, Tikeng, and Tiging. Most of the rivers flow through the hills and valleys and after come down to the plains, join Buri-Dihing River.

Miao is a beautiful town of Changlang district with amazing hills, valleys and dense forests. These forests are highly exploited by smugglers and have made the area a major destination for the Plywood industry. Miao is a developing town with good schools, colleges, government institutions and a few industries.

Miao is a great place for trekking and hiking in the dense forest and angling on the river Noa-Dehing.

Miao and its neighboring areas are mainly inhabited by the Tangsa, Singpho, and Lisu tribes. The city has a considerable good population of the Tibetan refugees. There are a number of Christians residing here who have been converted. This makes Miao a cosmopolitan town with flair of various cultures and religions. The main languages spoken here are Tangsa, Singpho, Assamese, Hindi and a bit of English.

A number of locals are engaged in government jobs, but the main occupation of the residents is agriculture and animal husbandry. They practice the method of Jhum cultivation. In the hilly areas, Tea Plantations are also developing greatly.

The tribes have their own religious practices. Few of them believe in the Sun and Moon God, few in their local deity called 'Rangfrah', a few of them believe in spirits. Christianity and Buddhism is also a major religion in Miao.

The traditional tribal houses are huts made of wood and have interesting bamboo sticks as a base. The houses are built on the hill top which has a stony and completely uneven base. Hence to create an even platform they erect a number of bamboo sticks and using this as a platform they build bamboo huts on it with bamboo staircase to climb up. This elevation also protects them from the attack of animals and insects.

Miao Changlang Photos