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In this supermodern space, more and more public space such as supermarkets, airports, stations, and convenience stores have emerged. This kind of space has opened a huge gap with traditional places, and these newly created space are "non-place". According to Marc Auge, “non-place” develops from the traditional spatial concept of “place”, but “non-place” is the opposite of “place”. If the "place" includes three characteristics: it has an identity (identical), can produce relationship between people (relational) and historical (historical), then for the "non-place", it needs to meet three opposite aspects : People lack a sense of identity in the space, people cannot create a relationship in the space, and the space is not historical. A space that meets these three conditions can be called a "non-place". Marc Auge points out the characteristics of "non-place" and gives corresponding examples. 

According to Michel de Certeau, when we describe a specific route, we must mention the name of the place related to this route, but we do not know much about the specific places these names refer to. It can transfer our attention and change the route of the itinerary, so that the place becomes the itinerary itself and the space that the journey asks to travel through. In the modern period since the 19th century, travel itself has become a source of pleasure and thought. Travelers will use the space of words to praise the fallen civilization, the collapsed monument, and the ruins of history. So their experience turned these places into "non-place" of space.

Yifu Tuan believes that a place depends on the movement of space from one place to another, and space depends on a place moving from one place to another. From the perspective of experience to analyze the difference between place and space, it seems more reasonable to me. It acts on individual experience rather than in general. Yifu Tuan does not put forward a specific theory like Marc Auge because the space experience varies from person to person. The author thinks about the relationship between space and place from the perspective of experience. 

Shuning Jiang