Zhu Gui was born tall in stature and had a long beard. He was initially a trader, but made a great loss and decided to join the bandits on Liangshan to rob for a living, and became one of the founding fathers of Liangshan. He was nicknamed 'Dry land crocodile' (旱地忽律).
Once, Lin Chong fled to Liangshan for refuge and happened to take a break in Zhu Gui's restaurant near Liangshan. Zhu Gui recognised him and sent him to Liangshan immediately, but Wang Lun, chief of the Liangshan bandits, refused to allow Lin Chong join the band. Eventually, after Zhu Gui's constant persuasion, Wang Lun agreed on one condition, which is, Lin Chong has to kill a man and present his head within three days to prove his loyalty to Liangshan. Lin Chong fought with Yang Zhi for a long time on the third day, but neither emerged the victor. In the end, Wang Lun stopped the fight and agreed to allow Lin Chong to join the band.