Xie Zhen and his brother Xie Bao were rated as the best hunters in Dengzhou. He stood at 7 feet, had a purplish face, wide shoulders and a narrow waist. He donned trousers made of leopard skin and wore a tiger skin around his torso. He was brave and daring, had the ability to travel in harsh conditions, scaling mountains and climbing cliffs. He was skilled in martial arts and carried a bronze forked spear, thus earning the nickname 'Double-headed snake' (两头蛇).