The Miao (Chinese: 苗) is an ethnic group recognized by the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) as one of the 55 official minority groups. The Miao live primarily in southern China, in the provinces of Guizhou, Hunan, Yunnan, Sichuan, Guangxi, Hainan, Guangdong, and Hubei.They are divided into several branches, such as Black Hmong, White Hmong, Striped Hmong, etc.
The Mien, or “Yao” as called by outsiders, are grouped together with the Hmong into the Austro-Thai linguistic family. The Mien came to Thailand via northern Laos and live mainly in that part of the province of Chiang Rai (Thailand). They are mostly known as traders and, only secondly, cultivate rice and maize. They also raise pigs for selling to the Khon Muang. The women of the Mien tribe wear trousers decorated with colorful woven patterns and show “red” on their jackets.
A model presents dress and decorations from Maonan ethnic group during a show of traditional costumes in Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Sept. 9, 2011. Costumes and headwears from 17 ethnic groups in Guizhou Province were presented here on Friday. (Xinhua/Yang Zongyou)