The high speed train that runs on the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou runs into Xuchang East Station in Xuchang, central China's Henan province on December 26, 2012.
Just six months remain until California is set to break ground on its high speed rail project. A project with a price tag of more than $68 billion. The intensely debated plan would link San Diego to San Francisco by way of trains traveling up to 220 miles per hour.
But so far the state has yet to purchase a single acre of the land it needs to launch the project.
Reporter Tim Sheehan, who has been covering the high speed rail plan for the Fresno Bee, joins the show with an update.