Ride-hailing giant Didi Global said it will delist from the New York stock exchange just five months after its debut and pursue a listing in Hong Kong - having raised the ire of Chinese regulators for ignoring a request to put its US IPO on hold.

Didi pushed ahead with its $4.4 billion US initial public offering despite being asked to suspend it while a review of the company's data practices was conducted.

The powerful Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) then quickly ordered app stores to remove 25 of Didi's mobile apps and told the company to stop registering new users, citing national security and the public interest.

Didi remains under investigation.

"Following careful research, the company will immediately start delisting on the New York stock exchange and start preparations for listing in Hong Kong," Didi said on its Twitter-like Weibo account.

The company said it would ensure that its New York-listed shares would be convertible into "freely tradable shares" on another internationally recognised stock exchange.

It did not explain its reasons for the plan but said in a separate statement that it would organise a shareholder vote at an appropriate time.

The upending of Didi's New York listing - likely to be a difficult and messy process - illustrates both the huge clout that Chinese regulators possess and their emboldened approach to wielding it.

Billionaire Jack Ma also ran afoul of Chinese authorities, leading to the dramatic scuppering of a mega-IPO for Ant Group last year.

The move will also likely further discourage Chinese firms from listing in the United States and could prompt some to reconsider their status as US publicly traded companies.

Didi is planning to proceed with a Hong Kong listing soon before embarking on a delisting from New York, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

It aims to complete a dual primary listing in Hong Kong in the next three months, and under pressure from Beijing delist from New York by June 2022, said one of the sources.

The sources were not authorised to talk to media and declined to be identified.

Didi did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.