Umm.... okay, just to clarify. The Shaolin temple mythology is just that, mythology. It has been thoroughly researched and debunked. A simple internet search will reveal the facts.
Secondly, both nèijiāquán (internal arts) and wàijiāquán (external arts) require gong fu (kung fu), as does any sphere of endeavour that requires hard work to acquire skill. However, wushu is the more correct general term for martial arts.
@tigerh98, people here are trying to help smooth your way. They are not attacking you, or trying to stop you from following your dreams. A little realism is in order. You are 16 years old. China can be a difficult place for seasoned adult travellers. It is especially an unforgiving place for foreigners who make mistakes. Take the advice in the spirit it is intended. Do tons of background research. Learn the language a little - you will need it: in the temples that I have visited English is not spoken at all. Try to understand the Chinese approach to life, work and family. This is really important. Do not bring an American attitude - you will find yourself on the plane home faster than you can say Jackie Chan.
China is hard work. Ultimately it can be very rewarding. Personally I love it, but it has taken me a while to settle in. My home temple is Longhua in Shanghai - LINKY!
even though it is not that close to our home.
If you do your homework you will have the adventure of your life! If not... well, it can be a crushing place.