A representative from ancient Xi'an city gave a theme report
Putuo Mountain, Zhejiang Province
Morning sunrise on Putuo Mountain
The proposal for hosting the First World Buddhist Forum received substantial support from the Chinese government, with some provinces and cities expressing their willingness to be the host the event, amid efforts to assist the Buddhist undertaking.
On April 15, 2005, a seminar on the selection of the final site of the First World Buddhist Forum was held in Beijing. Sanya of Hainan province, Wuxi of Jiangsu province, Xi'an of Shannxi province and Zhoushan of Zhejiang province all sent their representatives to the seminar to list their advantages.
After rounds of discussion and negotiation by the representatives, monks and experts, the idea "one center and four sites" was finally adopted. "One center" refers to a general office of the First World Buddhist Forum would be seated in Beijing and "four sites" refer to Sanya, Wuxi, Xi'an and Zhoushan.
The seminar also decided Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, will be the host of the First World Buddhist Forum after voting. In October, Hangzhou joined Zhoushan to co-host the forum.