Li Li was from Jieyang Mountain in Jiangzhou. He had a red beard, red round eyes like those of tiger, thus earning him the nickname 'Summoning judge from hell' (催命判官).
Li Li ran a tavern at the foot of Jieyang Mountain and did some trading as well for a living. Once, Song Jiang was drugged by Li Li while taking a break in the tavern on his way to exile in Jiangzhou. Luckily, Li Jun arrived in the nick of time and saved Song Jiang. Li Li also got to know Song Jiang and they became good friends. Li Li tried to persuade Song Jiang to stay with them and not to go into exile in Jiangzhou, but Song Jiang firmly refused and went on.